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NOPD makes fifth arrest in killing described as `merciless`

A family photo of Fernando Eyzaguirre A family photo of Fernando Eyzaguirre

New Orleans, La. - Gilbert Eyzaguirre says his family will never be the same after his son, 27-year-old Fernando, was carjacked and murdered last month.

"This case last month is an horrific example of one of the worse homicides I've ever had to see on film in the 30-plus years of my career in law enforcement," says NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Fernando's killing was caught on surveillance video but never released to the media after being described as extremely horrific.

It happened around 2:30 on a Sunday morning while Fernando Eyzaguirre sat in his car in a parking lot off of General DeGaulle. 

His family says he was going to work out at the gym when three men with guns surrounded his vehicle. They say Fernando never resisted when he got out of his car and the gunmen started shooting.

"It was brutal because they shot him multiple times and it looked like he was still alive when they shot him again in the head to make sure he was dead. It's a picture that I have to live with," says Gilbert Eyzaguirre.

The suspects jumped in Fernando's Honda Accord and took off. Police found his car in Waveland, Mississippi several days later.

"We believe there was no relationship between these people and the murder [victim]. We believe it was probably a robbery that went bad, incredibly bad, terribly bad, and we've been able to arrest everybody that we think is involved with it," says Chief Serpas

Five people are now in custody.

The NOPD's Violent Offenders Warrant Squad arrested the final suspected gunman, 17-year-old Milton Wilson, on Thursday.  Suspected gunmen 20-year-old Marke Simmons and 17-year-old Jaroid Washington were already in custody.

Two others were also arrested.  "In this case, a girlfriend of one of the suspects was arrested and charged with accessory to first degree murder and the driver of the vehicle was charged with accessory to first degree murder. We will search everywhere to find the people who commit murders in this community, " says Chief Serpas.

Fernando's father wants to make sure the suspects are held accountable.  "I'm going to make sure that we have justice.  They are 17 but they know what's wrong and right," says Eyzaguirre.

Fernando Eyzaguirre was a student at Southeastern University, studying computer technology and dreaming of one day starting his own business.  "The only message I have for the New Orleans people is, you have to do something and quick because nobody is safe. Today it was me but tomorrow it may be a politician's son. Anybody can be at risk," his father tells us.

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