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August 23, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested for 2004 slaying of Citrus Heights teen?

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QUESTION: In the early '90s, a teen was killed in a condo on Cavan Drive in Greenback Estates in Citrus Heights. I believe his dad came home and found him in the a.m. The boy was beaten to death and maybe stabbed as well. Did they ever find the boy's killers?
Submitted by: Marcifiddler, Citrus Heights

ANSWER: Two men in prison for another murder admitted to the 2004 slaying of 17-year-old Eddie Heydaragha in Citrus Heights.

Langimaa Faulalo and Benjamin Taholo were convicted in 2007 for the robbery murder of Danny Johnson, 21, in south Sacramento three months after Heydaragha was killed. Both were already serving life sentences without parole when they were identified as suspects in Heydaragha's death.

Investigators said they believed the two slayings were part of a string of home invasions in which the suspects were "ripping off drug dealers." Court records showed that Heydaragha's father in 1993 had pleaded no contest on two occasions to felony possession of drugs for sale.

The intruders searched the house for occupants and found Eddie Heydaragha. Faulalo told detectives that Heydaragha fought them in a skirmish that began upstairs and continued down the staircase into the kitchen.

Heydaragha's father returned home the next morning to find his son slumped on the kitchen floor, covered with blood. Detectives said the teenager's throat had been slit. He also had been stabbed in the chest and hit in the head with a frying pan.

Faulalo pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced in 2012 to 25 years to life for Heydaragha's slaying. Now 31 years old, he is at High Desert State Prison in Susanville.

Taholo, 34, pleaded no contest to manslaughter charges in 2011 and was sentenced to six years in state prison, on top of the life term without parole that he was serving already. He is at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano.

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