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Suspect in Nogales firefighter hit-and-run case turns himself in

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Suspect in Nogales firefighter hit-and-run case turns himself in

CREATED Jul 27, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell   Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Jesus Xavier Zepeda, 39, identified Friday afternoon by Tucson Police, turned himself in to the Pima County Jail later that night, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD.

Police located his truck, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado with a custom "burnt orange" color, at a residence in the 2200 block of North Shannon, and shortly after that discovery, police say Zepeda turned himself into authorities.

He was booked pursuant to the arrest warrant. 9OYS spent the day talking to Sterling Lytle's best friend Kevin Chaffee getting his reaction to a named suspect.

"Now the evil that happened has a face to it," he said. "This is the guy that took Sterling away from us. That anger is turning into even more of a commitment to put him behind bars."

Since Sterling was run over, his friends and family spread flyers asking for help as far as Mexico. They pleaded, begged for anyone with information to step forward. They want answers. They want justice.

"That's been frustrating not knowing what happened," he said. "Hopefully when we catch him he'll bring more light to this case, and we'll know more about what happened that night."

Lytle was hit in a parking lot in the 1600 block of North Alvernon Way last month. He was taken off life support on July 3.