Son of brutally beaten Peoria couple committedPosted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The son of a Peoria couple brutally beaten has been committed to a psychiatric facility, according to his sister.
He was also questioned by police, although he has not been named as a suspect.
Family members are not sure if he had anything to do with the beating.
“At this point, with my younger brother being questioned about what happened, I just don’t know. I really don’t know what the truth is,” said Dolores Posey, the couple’s oldest daughter.
Fred and Lorene Castro were found brutally beaten inside their home Friday. As of Tuesday, Lorene was brain dead, and the family was struggling with the decision of whether to take her off life support. Fred is paralyzed on his left side, and has brain swelling.
“They were so loving. It kills me to think that this is what happened. What happened to them is unthinkable, sleeping in their beds and getting beat down,” said Posey.
Fred was a well-known valley musician who performed with the group Sol Latino. He often performed at benefit concerts to help others in need.
Helping others was a corner stone of the Castro’s relationship. Lorene and Fred were known for inviting everyone from struggling families to recovering addicts into their home for food, prayer, and a place to sleep.
“They’d give their last dollar to help someone out. They’d give them the shirt off their back,” said Posey.
Family members are holding several benefits to help pay for medical, and potential funeral expenses.
A benefit dance with a live band and Tejano singer Monica Castro will be held Friday July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Peoria Banquet Hall.
The family will also host a car wash Sunday July 15 at 8 a.m. at Coops Bar and Grill in Peoria.
Finally, the family has set up a donation bank account at Chase Bank under the name Freddie Castro Jr.
So far, police have not named any suspects in the beating.