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Gary Glen Vigil, wanted in double homicide, surrenders in Texas

By: lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com
December 20, 2013 Updated: December 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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A 22-year-old Colorado Springs man suspected of fatally shooting two people in August, has turned himself in to authorities in El Paso, Texas, police said.

The Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office is making arrangements for the extradition of Gary Glen Vigil, who was believed to be hiding in Mexico after gunning down a man and his pregnant girlfriend in an alleyway Aug. 10.

The victims, Camille Root, believed to be Vigil's ex-girlfriend, and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Daniel Casteneda, were found shot to death in an alley in the 2800 block of east Platte Avenue after they were ambushed while leaving Nancy's Lion's Den bar, 2815 E. Platte Ave.

Authorities said both were shot in the head at close range in front of at least one witness. Police issued an arrest warrant for Vigil after witnesses identified him as the shooter in a photo lineup.

The trail to Vigil has went cold until a Crime Stoppers tip directed investigators to his sister in El Paso, Texas. FBI agents tracked down Regina Vigil and discovered that although she was a U.S. citizen and worked in El Paso, she lived with her husband and two children in Juarez, Mexico. She was arrested in Texas in August while crossing the border. During FBI interrogation, she said that she'd picked up her brother at an El Paso bus stop a day after the murders then smuggled him to Mexico. She was extradited to Colorado, where she is awaiting trial on charges of accessory to murder.

Her cousin, Angelo Joe Vigil, 33, was subsequently charged with witness intimidation, stalking and attempted kidnapping in relation to the murder case.

Police said Angelo Joe Vigil called the slain woman's mother, Phyllis Cordova on Sept. 22 and told her, "You're next."

He was in court in December for allegedly stalking the home of Cordova's daughter whom he has kids with, and at one point demanding that she leave with him.

He is due to return to court Jan. 9 for a preliminary hearing.

In the days leading up to Gary Glen Vigil's surrender, his father told a local media that he had been in contact with his son, who said he was ready to surrender.

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