Tempe Police Release Information on Suspects in Murder of ASU Student

The Tempe Police Department today -- in the wake of criticism over how it's handling several unsolved murder cases -- released details about the suspects in the murder of a 21-year-old Arizona State University student.

Zachary Marco was shot near University Drive and Rural Road about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday October 17.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police received a tip at the scene of the shooting that two black males may have been involved. The two men left the scene before police got there.

According to police, the motive for the shooting still is under investigation, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

Today, police released descriptions of the two suspects.

The shooter in Marco's murder is described as a black male in his early 20s. He's about six feet tall, with a thin build and a short hair cut. At the time of the murder, he was wearing a white tee-shirt, blue shorts, and a red bandana on his head.

The second suspect is described as a 25-year-old black male. He's about five-foot-nine, with a medium build. At the time of the murder, he was wearing a dark T-shirt.

Police say both suspects fled the scene in a newer model, dark colored, smaller four-door sedan. No license-plate information is available, police say.

Last week, Marco's father, a defense attorney, publicly offered the accomplice in the slaying a deal: if the accomplice turns himself in and provids the identity of the shooter, Marco's father will make sure he gets the best defense possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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