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Christopher Licon Charged With Murder and Kidnapping in Deaths of Brother and Nephew

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It seemed only a matter of time, but the uncle of a 6-year-old boy found shot to death in a Phoenix alley last month has been charged with murder and kidnapping for the death of the boy and his father, the suspect's brother, who was also found shot to death a day before police discovered the body of the boy.

The Phoenix Police Department announced this afternoon that 19-year-old Christopher Licon, who was booked into custody on unrelated drug charges around the same time of the murders, will be charged with two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping for allegedly offing his own brother and nephew.

Xavier Jaquez, Licon's 6-year-old nephew, was found shot to death on the morning of December 14, in an alley near his mother's home, near 65th Avenue and Indian School Road, by a City of Phoenix sanitation crew. The boy's mother and father shared custody of the child.

Angel Jaquez, Licon's drug-dealing brother, was found on a couch in his home at 2719 East Broadway Road in Phoenix on December 13. He was shot once, police say. His body was discovered by his brother, although, it's unclear whether the brother who discovered the body was Licon.

Both Licon and Jaquez were drug dealers. Jaquez's arrest history includes a September 20, incident, in which police responded to a burglary call at his duplex and found marijuana inside

Jaquez took a plea deal and admitted to drug possession with intent to sell. He was sentenced to two years probation. 

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