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'You never know when a bullet might hit you': man arrested in connection of double murder

Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 21:02:34-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Neighbors on East Fairview Road say that hearing gunshots is just another night in their neighborhood and that they don't feel safe but are thankful an arrest has been made.
Jessica Valencia has lived in her home for over thirty years on the 300 block of East Fairview Road.

She says that the night of July 21st she had just gone inside to put her daughter down when she heard yelling, seven gunshots, and man lying in blood right outside her door.

“He was laying by my car and once I said, ‘can you hear me?’ he just kept saying “uhhh” like gasping for air,” said Valencia. “You couldn’t understand if he was trying to say much, because I think he got shot in the face, because there was blood all over his face.

Kern County Sheriff's office says the victim found here laying in front of Valencia’s home is 36-year-old Emilio Diaz Chavez of Los Angeles.

“Seeing someone die in your face is just not a good view,” Valencia said. “No matter what the situation was I don’t think someone should die like that.”

Found also shot, just a few feet at Rexland Acres Park was 31-year-old Marbeli Castro-Garcia of Lamont, who deputies say was an acquaintance of Chavez. Valencia’s car still has evidence tape on it.

“And there is the bullet hole in my car, and I don’t know if the shell is in there or not,” Valencia said.

According to the KCSO, 42-year-old Gudelio Gutierrez Grande was arrested yesterday and faces two counts of first-degree murder. KCSO says Grande was the ex-boyfriend of Marbeli Castro-Garcia.

“You can not feel safe anymore,” Valencia said. “Not even outside with your kids especially, because you never know when a bullet might hit you.” Grande is expected to appear in court on Monday.