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Shooter, victim identified

Investigators arrive on scene yesterday south of Malott after a migrant worker was shot and killed.

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Investigators arrive on scene yesterday south of Malott after a migrant worker was shot and killed.

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— Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal shooting yesterday as Antonio Naranjo-Menchaca, 38 of California.

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Okanogan County Sheriff's Office

Jesus Vela-Duarte, 31, of Brewster, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail yesterday after turning himself in the fatal shooting of Antonio Naranjo-Menchaca, 38 of California.

Menchaca was the ex-brother-in-law of accused shooter Jesus Vela-Duarte, 31 of Brewster, who turned himself in following the shooting.

Menchaca has lived on and off in Okanogan County for several years. He had been recently living in California and returned here Wednesday.

According to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, the family was afraid of Menchaca.

"Aparently, Duarte had already contacted Menchaca when he returned and told him to stay away from his family," Rogers said.

When Duarte saw the victime drive by his house just prior to the shooting, he followed them to the Chiliwist Road area, where he confronted him, Rogers said.

"Detectives are still conducting interviews today to determining what led up to the shooting," Rogers said, noting an autopsy for Menchaca is scheduled for Monday.

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