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July 30, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 1993 shooting deaths of boys found at light-rail station?

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QUESTION: Several years ago there were two young boys found murdered and their bodies stuffed under a bench at a Rancho Cordova light-rail station. Was anyone ever arrested for these murders?
Submitted by: Rpierce, Sacramento

ANSWER: The 1993 slayings of Dominic Namnard, 13, and Jone Vongkhamsomphou, 12, remain unsolved.

According to stories in The Bee, a Regional Transit bus driver found the boys' bodies about 5:30 a.m. Oct. 3 under a bench at the Butterfield light-rail station along Folsom Boulevard. Each had a single gunshot wound to the head.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies speculated that the boys, who were best friends, were killed for their athletic jackets.

A deputy who was looking for a car thief stopped the boys at 2:15 a.m. on Folsom Boulevard to question them. Convinced that they weren't involved in the car theft, the deputy told the youths that they were breaking curfew and instructed them to go home.

The boys were wearing athletic jackets, one representing the Chicago Bulls and the other Georgetown University, when the deputy left them. The jackets were gone when the bodies were discovered at the light-rail station.

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