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3 arrested in connection with Columbus homicide

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Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 10:17:59-04

COLUMBUS — An Illinois man and two others have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting last month in the parking lot of a Columbus business.

Leonardo Rodriguez-Flores, 37, was found shot to death Feb. 26 outside Tool Dynamics in the 800 block of South Marr Road.

According to a release from the Columbus Police Department, Eliel Avelar, 31, of Midlothian, Ill., was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a Chicago hotel on a murder warrant. Avelar is in custody in Cook County, Ill.

Eliel Avelar (left), Abraham Jimenez-Cesareo and Eladia Jacobo-Ortiz were arrested following a homicide investigation into the Feb. 27, 2020, killing of Leobardo Rodriguez Flores.

After an investigation by the Bartholomew County Death Investigation Team, police also arrested Abraham Jimenez Cesareo, 35, of Columbus, and Eladia Jacobo-Ortiz, 35, of Columbus, on preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit serious bodily injury.

Both are being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on $500,000 bonds.

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