UPDATE: Murder Suspects Captured

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Two suspects wanted for murder, 39-year-old Jerry Van Gundy and 52-year-old Loretta Santistevan, both of Trinidad, have been arrested. Trinidad police had been looking for the duo.

The charges stem from a July 2010 assault. The victim, Lucille Garcia, later died from her injuries. Garcia, was found unresponsive after the assault. She was initially rushed to Mt. San Rafael Hospital, and then transferred via Flight for Life to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. She died after being removed from life support on July 28, 2010.

Authorities say Van Gundy and Santistevan each face charges of first degree murder, as well as charges for sexual assault with a weapon, causing serious bodily injury, aided by another person on an incapacitated victim.

They are now behind bars at the Las Animas County Jail without bond.


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  • by mittens Location: wichita on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:53 AM
    Anonymous...thank you..I regret deeply not having made an effort to look Blu up on my visits to Trinidad not enough time etc..etc.. I'm sad that I missed that opportunity, also relieved that she is finally at peace
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Mittens....that was not meant for your statement .....it was meant for the naysayers...those that are saying negative about BLU........
  • by mittens Location: wichita on Apr 19, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    I can look in the mirror and see that I am not a murder suspect all will come in the wash..do you even know what that means??? Integrity my eye !!!!!!!!!!
  • by Pearline on Apr 19, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    Its amazing how the people with the least amount of integrity are the first to question everyone else's, the first to post negative things...the first to judg,..Look in the mirror....
  • by Sally Location: Texas on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    Yes Blu.....Rest in peace and watch over your loved ones.....be there in their moments of loneliness and loss...you are a great Wife, Mother, Grandmother sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend.....and that is how you will be remebered......and loved forever.
  • by mittens Location: wichita on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    I knew Blu personally our kids played together hadn't seen Blu in a while,found out about her murder last year while visiting last summer..sure she had a problem with drugs but that does not justify the horrible way she died I hope the justice system works in this case and the TWO animals that did this burn in hell..THIS ONES FOR BLU REST IN PEACE
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 07:41 PM
    *** ?? Get a life
  • by @@@ on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    to :**** Get a life, were you there too?? They will prove she is guilty, then talk about what you "think" you know, You're saying she deserved what she got. Be PROUD OF YOU ! You sure are defending someone that was suppose to be her " FRIEND" A true friend would never had let this happen to begin with. Defend her all you want- The Courts will decide. Keep your comments to yourself , no one is intrested in what you THINK ! Haven't her Daughters & Family suffered enough. Lorreta was to busy partying even the day after Lu's death. Your Talk is "Cheap"
  • by *** Location: Trinidad on Apr 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    TO@@@ its funny how defensive you get when the"TRUTH" about something comes out...blue was abused by kenny for years it's sad that everyone ignored the cries for help all she wanted was her family help her her get off the drugs get out of this abusive relationship but NOBODY not even her own daughters would listen ..its sad that it took this blues death for her daughters to finally love her but when she was alive all they did was show the hate they had for her....its soo easy for u people to bash loretta but she is innocent until PROVEN guilty ... you say the family of blue doesnt need to read these comments but what about lorettas family why do they have to hurt more by reading these ...both sides hurt just remember that...
  • by @@@ Location: Trindad on Apr 15, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    To ??? - That's the problem with people in Trindad. If you truly knew Kenny, you would not even post this. It is just more hurt to the Lu's family to read this. Motive - Loretta- Jerry. Ask them why? You will get your answers when this goes into the Court Room. Until then anyone with a heart would leave the people that lost a Wife / Mother/ Grandmother / Sister/ Aunt - "True" Friends Alone. They have been thru enough. Get the facts !
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