UPDATE: 2 charged in west Wichita murder case

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Two men have been charged in the murder of a Wichita man late last week.

This afternoon, 33-year-old Donnie Joe LaLonde and 40-year-old Deon Hale made their first appearance in Sedgwick County Court.

Both were charged with first degree murder and aggravated robbery in the death of 44-year-old Efren Antonio Villarreal-Alvarado last Friday.

Bond for LaLonde is set for $1.6 million and it's $1.5 million for Hale.

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Two people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting last week in west Wichita.

The shooting happened Friday morning in the 3600 block of W. McCormick. Efren Antoinio Villarreal-Alvarado, 44, was in the process of opening Santana Concrete, where he was a foreman. It is not clear what happened next, but police believe it might have been a robbery that led to the shooting.

Lupe Santana, owner of Santana Concrete, says that Villarreal-Alvarado was a very hard worker and one of his best employees.

"He always came about 30 or 40 minutes before everyone else, to get everything ready, get the trucks ready, get ready to work for that day," Santana said.

According to police, the victim and two suspects did know each other in some way, but further details have not been released. Villarreal-Alvarado was found by some of his co-workers Friday morning, shot multiple times in his truck parked at the business.

During the interview with Santana, his crew was in the parking lot cleaning up some of the glass from the victim's car after the window was shot out. Santana said it was hard for his crew to have to see the reminder of the shooting.

"I feel sad," he said. "All the rest of the employees feel sad."

The two suspects have been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail, accused of felony murder and aggravated robbery.

Business will try to resume Monday for Santana Concrete, the owner saying "Monday, everybody is going to come in...we sit down, do a little prayer for him and move on after that."

Charges are expected to be filed against the two suspects next week.

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Police say they have arrested two people in connection to a fatal shooting Friday morning in west Wichita.

It happened at Santana Concrete, located at 3665 W. McCormick.. According to police, the victim was an employee of the business who arrived at work at 6:30 a.m.

Other employees arrived around 7:15 and found him inside his truck suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to a local hospital, but died a short time later. He's been identified as 44-year-old Efren Antonio Villarreal-Alvarado.

Lt. Scott Heimerman said Saturday morning that two men were arrested in connection to Villarreal-Alvarado's death.

Donnie J. Lalonde, 33, was arrested in Wichita for first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, criminal damage to property and violating the Sex Offender Registration Act.

A few hours later, Deon N. Hale, 40, was arrested in Hutchinson for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in Friday morning's shooting.

Heimerman the suspects knew the victim and targeted him for a robbery.

Both suspects are being held at the Sedgwick County jail. Formal charges are pending.

Prison records state Lalonde was sentenced in Geary County in 2002 for rape and aggravated sexual battery convictions. He was paroled in July of 2009. His parole expired in July of 2013.

Hale served nearly 11 years in prison for second-degree reckless homicide in Douglas County. He was paroled in March of 2010 but returned four months later on a warrant, records state. His sentence expired in August of 2013.

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