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Suspect ID’d in pair’s slaying

Citizen Staff Writer

RYN GARGULINSKI

rynski@tucsoncitizen.com

The family of a woman killed Saturday in a double homicide asked the public at a news conference Tuesday to help find the suspect.

Guadalupe “Lupita” De La Cruz, 23, was found slain over the weekend along with her boyfriend, Brian Brown, 25.

Although the couple had been seen together at a nightclub Saturday night, their bodies were found in different locations early Sunday.

Marco Anthony Glaser, 28, of Tucson is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder, a Tucson police spokesman said.

De La Cruz’s body was discovered at 3:37 a.m. by a passer-by who saw her lying in a business parking lot in the 6000 block of East Broadway, Officer Dallas Wilson said.

Brown was found inside a home in the 8900 block of East Mayberry Drive near Reid Park at 4:01 a.m. after the investigation into De La Cruz’s death led police to the home, he said.

“The last time we talked to her was 1 a.m. (on Sunday),” said older sister Gabby De La Cruz, 34, who had been baby-sitting her sister’s 18-month-old son that night.

The De La Cruz family, who held the news conference at their home near the Tucson International Airport, asked that anyone knowing Glaser’s whereabouts call police.

“If anyone knows Glaser, please turn him in,” De La Cruz said.

De La Cruz said she does not recall her sister or Brown ever speaking of Glaser.

Guadalupe De La Cruz was a full-time student at Pima Medical Institute, where she was studying to be a medical assistant. Her plans included moving out of her parents’ house after she graduated and moving in with Brown, her sister said. The couple planned to marry.

A wake will be held for De La Cruz from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Carrillo’s Tucson Mortuary, 204 S. Stone Ave.

A joint funeral service for De La Cruz and Brown is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Burial will be at South Lawn Cemetery.

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