Driver arrested in dragging death of ASU student

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 9 at 10:23 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. - Tempe police have made an arrest in connection with the dragging death of an Arizona State University student in May.

Joseluis Marquez, 20, was arrested Tuesday night at his Phoenix home.

Police say Kyleigh Sousa, 21, was outside an IHOP restaurant in Tempe near Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard in the early morning hours of May 26 when the occupants of a vehicle contacted her and Marquez reportedly grabbed her purse.

Police allege Marquez was in the driver's seat when the vehicle took off, dragging Sousa, who was tangled up in the purse's strap.

Sousa later died of severe head trauma she suffered in the dragging.

Tempe police located the metallic-gold Dodge Charger involved in the crime along with the other occupants of the vehicle. Police said the suspect vehicle was a car rented out of the Los Angeles County area.

A photo-radar ticket helped Tempe police track down Marquez.

Marquez faces a first-degree murder charge and is being held on a cash bond of $1 million.

Tempe police are not announcing what charges the other occupants of vehicle might face and say the investigation into Sousa's death is still ongoing.

Tempe police continues their investigation into finding additional evidence and witnesses linked to this case.

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