New Jersey triple-murder suspect found in Killeen

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 18:47:19-04

A man wanted for a 2004 triple murder in New Jersey was found in Killeen on Tuesday. 

30-year-old Jesus Perez-Rivera was arrested at a home on 100 Prather Drive.

Arrest warrants stated he was wanted for committing an arson which led to the deaths of three people. 

According to a June 14, 2004 New York Times Article, 6-year-old Carlos Cruz, his pregnant mother Maria Silva, 28, and her husband 33-year-old Luis Silva were killed when flames ripped through their Camden, New Jersey home. 

The article said Maria Silva's two other children survived along with another family who way staying at the Silva's two story home. Firefighters told The Times that the husband and wife were found underneath a bed and were  burned beyond recognition.

Most of those recovered were unconscious when they were pulled out.

It is unknown how Rivera set the house on fire or if he has any relation to the family.

He is in the Bell County jail on a $3 million bond and is in the process of being extradited back to New Jersey. 

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