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Ex-Wichita, Kansas residents Kristopher Valadez, Candace Valadez accused of killing German Luis Clerici

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Kristopher Valadez, 32, and Candace Valadez, 32, is a former residents of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. They allegedly fatally shot Wichita resident German Luis Clerici, 19, who was last seen alive on January 29, 2010.

Originally from Argentina, Clerici was reported missing on February 1, 2010. On February 6, 2010, a woman walking on a rural road found him dead in a culvert east of Augusta, Butler County, Kansas.

Clerici’s car, a maroon 1990 Toyota Celica, was also missing. It was found on East 21st Street North in Wichita in June 2010.

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The case involving Clerici’s murder went cold. In 2021, Butler County sheriff Monty Hughey had investigators take a fresh look at it and they found new information that prompted more interviews and the discovery of new evidence.

On July 31, 2022, Butler County Sheriff’s Office investigators traveled to South Carolina, USA. They arrested Kristopher and Candace in Simpsonville, Greenville County, South Carolina with the help of the Wichita Police Department and the Greenville County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office.

Kristopher and Candace were booked into the Greenville County Detention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. They are expected to be extradited to Sedgwick County to be charged in connection to the fatal shooting of Clerici, according to Hughey.

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Founded in 1868, Wichita was incorporated as a city in 1870. On January 13, 2020, Brandon Whipple, now 40, assumed office as the city’s 102nd mayor.

Between 1974 and 1991, Dennis “BTK” Lynn Rader, 77, killed 10 people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas. Born in Wichita, Eric David Harris was 18 when he and Lakewood, Colorado, USA native Dylan Bennet Klebold, 17, died on April 20, 1999 after killing 13 people and wounding 24 others in Columbine, Colorado.

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