Q: Was the murder of James Ramirez ever solved? - Concerned Citizen, Sacramento
A: Sacramento police officers announced in April 2009 that they arrested three men for the 2006 killing of the 18-year-old Ramirez.
The three suspects - 23-year-old Terry Alexander, 31-year-old Alex Brown and 31-year-old David Carrera - already were in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail on unrelated charges, police said.
All are facing murder charges. Their next court date is in August.
Ramirez, who had recently graduated from McClatchy High School at the time of his death, was fatally shot at the front door of his South Land Park home on Jan. 3, 2006.
Before the shooting, the suspects kidnapped two brothers from their home near the intersection of 18th Avenue and 21st Street and drove them to Ramirez's home in the 4500 block of Francis Court, according to police.
The brothers were close friends of Ramirez's, police said at the time.
One of the kidnapped brothers summoned Ramirez to the door, where he was killed. One of the brothers was left at the home with Ramirez, and the other was dropped off in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue, according to police.
Following the arrests, police did not release any details regarding possible motivation.
All three suspects have criminal records in Sacramento County, according to court records.
Those records show the three men were in custody in connection with their most recent alleged crimes: a 2006 case in which they each face three charges of robbery, three charges of assault with a deadly weapon, six charges of oral copulation and three charges of penetration by a foreign object.
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