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Six suspects arrested in connection with first homicide of 2016

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Manuel Hernandez Jr. Courtesy: Cynthia Mann Manuel Hernandez Jr. Courtesy: Cynthia Mann
Manuel Hernandez Jr. Courtesy: Cynthia Mann Manuel Hernandez Jr. Courtesy: Cynthia Mann
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Valerie Guerrero said she's living a nightmare that just won't end. Her only child is gone.

"I need my son. Whoever took him i want them to know they took everything from me," Guerrero said. "He was my one and only. I wake up in the morning for him. He's all I had, I have nothing no more."

Manuel Hernandez, 22, was gunned down at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 3 on Union Street, marking Saginaw's first homicide of 2016. A 17-year-old female was also shot and was transported to a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Guerrero said her son loved his child, a little boy, and making music. Now she's just trying to cope with his sudden loss.

"That was my pride and joy, my everything," Guerrero said. "Now he's gone, he's gone because of people running around shooting with guns. Come on now, that's not right."

Authorities have provided new information on the search for a suspect.

Six suspects are now in custody.

Saginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan said they are being charged with the murder of Hernandez.

Below are the suspects, and their charges:

  • Joseph Hogan Jr.: Open murder, felony firearm
  • Isreal Rodriguez Spitz: Conspiracy to commit assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, firearm possession by a felon, felony firearm
  • Carl Wardell: Conspiracy to commit assault with intent to murder, felony firearm, assault with intent to murder, felony firearm
  • Zachary Castillo: Carrying a concealed weapon  
  • Brandon Maholic: Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Shyheim Warren: Accessory after the fact to commit to open murder

If convicted, each of the suspects could face anywhere from five years to live in prison for their role in the shooting. 

Rodriguez Spitz, Hogan, Castillo and Warren were arraigned on Friday.

Hogan is the only suspect charged with murder.

McColgan said Hernandez was involved in a domestic dispute with the suspects, which ultimately led to his death. Each of the suspects could face anywhere from five years to life for their role in the shooting if they are convicted.

But that all means very little to Guerrero. She just wants her son back.

"That's all he wanted was to see his kid. Now he's never going to get to see him," Guerrero said.

Family members tell TV5 that Hernandez will be laid to rest on Jan. 12.

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