Suspect Arrested in Menifee Murder Case

Last night, members of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit arrested Walter Morales Cortez, a 22-year-old Meadowbrook resident,...

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Last night, members of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit arrested Walter Morales Cortez, a 22-year-old Meadowbrook resident, for the murder of a 16-year-old juvenile male and the attempted murder of a second juvenile male. Walter Morales Cortez was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

On Saturday, June 11, about 12:54am, officers from the Menifee Police Department responded to the report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the area of the 27900 block of Jefferson Avenue, in the City of Menifee. When they arrived, they found 16-year-old Adrian Acosta in the roadway that was suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency medical personnel quickly arrived, but the juvenile succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second Hispanic male juvenile was located with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, and was transported to a local area hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Detectives from the Menifee Police Department and investigators from the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Gary Bowen of the Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Detective Tom Salisbury of the Menifee Police Department at (951) 210-1000. Information may also be submitted anonymously to the Sheriff's Homicide Tip Line.


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  1. I can remember the time where in Menifee, you could leave your car windows down at night, leave your windows open and your front doors unlocked. You could say good morning and goodnight to your neighbors. There were baby showers and weddings at the park with no worry whatsoever of ANY criminal activity. Now we have MURDERS in Menifee? I'm MOVING ASAP.

  2. And where do you plan on moving to? Heaven?
    No city is crime free. While this is disturbing, I won't pack just yet.

  3. I think if the county would put more street lights in Romoland that would help with all the violence. The streets are pitch black at night, and people should not be afraid to come out there houses at night.

  4. Anonymous 11:55am, when was that 1950? My guess on this crime is these two 16yr old's stole somebody else's drugs, I'm surprised we didn't see 'heads roll'.(sorry, couldn't help myself)When you have cartels out of Perris driving to Arizona and beheading a man for doing the same crime. Be alert! Get involved and, report crime, and stop pretending like 11:55am that life is still stuck in 1950 and Menifee has no does!

  5. Sun City is still safe.

  6. Ahhh...lovely Mexifornia! Thank you...our Mexican brothers and sisters for bringing so much joy, culture and elightentenment to the US. Your graffiti, murders and other assorted crime is just what this country was missing!!!

  7. Rest in peace Adrian you will always be missed !you where like my little brother I love you homie meet you at the croosroads one day in heaven! And for all these people on here leaving there stupid comments on somebody u don't know shame on you and it's not menifee it's ROMOLAND it has nothing to do with menifee and it's not part of menifee at all everybody get the story straight ! I hope that coward that killed him roots in jail for the rest of his life potitic bastard

  8. R.I.P Adrian! You'll be missedd :'( You didnt deserve that!! And shut up you stupid white people!!!!

  9. Rest in peace Adrian all I have is nice memories of you. you'll be missed and remembered always. I'll always remembered you riding your bike down the street. As for all those people that have left stupid comments on these page that has nothing to do with the situation think that there's people that are still trying to cope with what happened. And have a little more respect!!. As for the coward that pulled the trigger. Couse that's exactly what he is
    A coward!!. I hope god forgives you.

  10. John16:1-4. 1 ''All this I have told you so. 2 They will put you out of the synagogue;in fact a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. 4 I have told you this,so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you..

  11. "A family member told investigators that Adrian and Cortez are affiliated with rival neighborhood gangs"

    Enough said.



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