Arrests made in robbery and murder of ASU student

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by Alicia E. Barrón and Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 17 at 6:18 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. - Two people have been arrested in connection to a 21-year-old student’s death almost a month ago.

Louis Eugene Harper, 20, and Marion Anthony Patterson III, 17, both of Tempe, have been identified as suspects in the murder of Zachary Marco, an Arizona State University student was shot and killed Oct. 17 as he was walking near the ASU campus in Tempe.

Harper was taken into custody on a probation violation about two weeks ago while Patterson was arrested Monday.

The suspects allegedly stole Marco’s laptop and cell phone, worth about $200 combined.

Dan Marco, Zachary’s father, made sure to keep his son's story in the media. Eventually, police got the call they needed to help them solve the case.

"Some evidence came to us," said Commander Kim Hale of the Tempe Police Department. "The laptop, the bag and some papers were found."

Investigators said fingerprints on the bag led to a search warrant that turned up cell phone and text messages between the two suspects. That's what resulted in the arrest.

Harper's fingerprints were identified from a previous arrest for forgery. He's now facing charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Police said both suspects have gang affiliations.

Marco is a defense attorney and had offered to help the suspect who did not pull the trigger in any way he could if that suspect turned himself in. That deal is now off the table since neither suspect came forward.

While police are not looking for any other suspects at this point, they say the investigation is ongoing.

A vigil for Zachary Marco will be held this evening at 6:00 in the courtyard of ASU's Barrett Honor College, 751 E. Lemon St., Tempe.

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