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Emmaus Avenue Shooting Victim Identified

Edgardo Fuentes Rosado, 39, was shot to death in the Wynnewood Apartments in Allentown, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office.

The 39-year-old man found shot to death Feb. 3 after a drug-related robbery in the Wynnewood Apartments has been identified as Edgardo Fuentes Rosado, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators initially identifed the man as Sasiain Olivio Hessed after they found multiple forms of identification, including a U.S. passport, at the W. Emmaus Avenue apartment where the shooting took place. Authorities corrected his identity after talking to family members.

Jefran Canales-Tapia, 28, of 831 W. Allen St., and Luis Armando Santiago-Nieves, 25, of 2508 Agnes Drive, Apt. 8, both in Allentown, are charged with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and robbery in connection with the case.

According to police:

Police responded to 2496 W. Emmaus Ave. in Allentown for reports of shots fired inside the apartment building. Police found the victim, who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds, lying on the kitchen floor of an apartment.

Police followed a blood trail and footprints in the snow from the main entrance to the victim’s apartment to the area of 2508 Agnes Drive. Santiago-Nieves was located inside Apartment 8 at that address and was taken into custody. Canales-Tapia later was taken into custody as a result of a vehicle stop at Fifth and Cleveland streets in Allentown at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2013.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation; and the defendants, Jefran Canales-Tapia and Luis Armando Santiago-Nieves, are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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