Crime

ASU Student, 19, Killed by Boyfriend Luis Soltero in Tempe, Police Say

A 19-year-old Arizona State University sophomore was found dead in her Tempe apartment yesterday, according to police.

The student's name hasn't been released at this point, but police believe 22-year-old Luis Soltero, the woman's boyfriend, murdered her.

According to Tempe PD, Soltero -- who does not appear to be an ASU student -- walked into a police substation on Apache Boulevard, and said he wanted to report the death of his girlfriend at 919 East Lemon Street, an apartment complex a little more than a mile away.


He told police that he had carbon monoxide poisoning, so he was hospitalized, as the fire department went to the apartment first to deal with a potential carbon monoxide issue.

Inside the apartment, the 19-year-old woman's body was found.

At this point, police apparently believe Soltero is responsible for the woman's death, as he was booked into jail on a murder charge, but Tempe police Sergeant Michael Pooley says in an e-mail that police aren't releasing any additional info at this point.

Stay tuned for updates.

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