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York brothers who crashed SUV on Friday night were fatally shot, autopsies determine

LIZ EVANS SCOLFORO
YorkDispatch

Two brothers killed Friday night in York City each died of a single gunshot wound, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Angel Berrios Jr., 21, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, while 19-year-old Abdiel "Tito" Vazquez-Soto died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen, the coroner's office said.

The brothers' deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the coroner's office. They lived with family on Roosevelt Avenue in York City, officials said.

Berrios was driving an SUV, with Vazquez-Soto in the front passenger seat, when someone fired on the SUV about 10:15 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Jefferson and Juniper streets, according to York City Police Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the detective bureau.

The SUV kept going but crashed a short time later in front of the Graham Aquatic Center at the corner of Newberry Street and Madison Avenue, Bankert said.

It was unclear until after Monday morning's autopsies whether the brothers died of their gunshot wounds or from injuries suffered during the crash.

Berrios was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:25 p.m. Friday, according to the coroner's office.

Vazquez-Soto and back-seat passenger Francisco Rivera, 20, were rushed to York Hospital, where Vazquez-Soto was pronounced dead at the hospital about 2 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

Rivera was treated for injuries and released Saturday, a York Hospital spokesman said.

Bankert said it's believed Rivera suffered crash injuries and wasn't shot.

No arrests had been made as of Monday afternoon.

Detectives have not yet determined a motive for the shooting, but they do have several leads they're chasing, according to Bankert.

The SUV is being examined for evidence, he confirmed.

It has not yet been determined whether more than one person fired at the SUV, Bankert said.

Anyone with information about the double homicide is asked to call York City detectives at (717) 849-2219, or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or text a tip to "YORKTIPS" at 847411.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.