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Three men being held in connection with Rensselaer County deaths

Three men being held in connection with Rensselaer County deaths

Three men — including one from Clifton Park — are being held in Virginia in connection with two Rens
Three men being held in connection with Rensselaer County deaths

Three men — including one from Clifton Park — are being held in Virginia in connection with two Rensselaer County killings, Rensselaer County officials said Thursday.

The men are formally charged with the killing of 23-year-old Javier Gomez, whose body police discovered Monday afternoon at Gomez’ residence, 1 E. Glen Ave. in Troy.

The men are also suspected, but not yet charged, in the killing of Gomez’ roommate, Christian Gonzalez Hernandez, whose remains a passerby discovered Tuesday evening near a creek in the Rensselaer County town of Brunswick, according to the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office.

Formally charged with second-degree murder in Gomez’ death are Luis A. Monge Guevara, 20, of Clifton Park; Magdalon Perez-Calixto, 28, of Latham, and Solomon Najera-Hernandez, 21, of Mexico.

No charges have yet been filed related to Hernandez’ death. The investigation is continuing, according to Jon Desso, spokesman for the district attorney’s office.

All three men are being held in Virginia and extradition proceedings are underway to return them to Troy. Desso did not have any further information on their location in Virginia or how police there captured them.

Police have said Gomez lived at the Glen Avenue address for about five months and was a native of Mexico. An autopsy was conducted earlier in the week. No cause of death has been released. Further details on Hernandez were not available.

Troy Police, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department, state police and the district attorney’s office are all working the case.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, scook@dailygazette.net or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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