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Fatal shooting of Cheyenne 14-year-old brings two homicide charges

(File photo, Trevor T. Trujillo; Oil City)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two male defendants have been charged in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old that took place on July 5, 2021 near the 1500 block of Taft Avenue in Cheyenne, according to a press release from the Cheyenne Police Department.

“Raymond Sanchez, 16, of Cheyenne has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and Xavier Sanchez, 18, of Casper has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder,” the release stated.

In July 2021, Cheyenne Police Detectives determined that Raymond Sanchez and Xavier Sanchez acted together during the homicide. Raymond was arrested on July 10, 2021 for unrelated charges and held in custody while Xavier was arrested on July 15, 2021 in Casper for charges related to the case.

Affidavits of probable cause were then forwarded to the Laramie County District Attorney with charging recommendations. Both defendants are now being held at the Laramie County Detention Center, according to the Cheyenne Police Department.

The date for the preliminary hearing is pending.

The Cheyenne Police Department denied requests by Oil City News for arrest records, stating, “The case is still an ongoing investigation. It is the Cheyenne Police Dept’s policy to not release any case that is still under investigation.”

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.