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Documents reveal motive in McHenry shooting

Police: Family member says victim killed assailants' uncle

Published: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 2:23 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The victim in a shooting last weekend was disliked by his alleged attackers because he killed their uncle five years ago in Mexico, family members said in court.

Armando Ferral-Mujica, 20, and Orlando Ferral-Mujica, 31, both of McHenry, remain in custody at the McHenry County Jail on $1 million bond each. Charges against them include attempted murder, aggravated battery with the use of a firearm and reckless conduct.

About 8:22 p.m. Dec. 3, officers were dispatched after a 911 call from a female saying that her boyfriend, Jesus Agaton, had been shot and she was driving him to the hospital, according to search warrant paperwork.

The dispatcher told her to stop the vehicle, which she did near Center Street and Kane Avenue in McHenry. Officers met them there, and Agaton had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest, a cut to the left side of his neck, and a severed thumb.

He was taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry. He was released Wednesday.

When officers spoke with the girlfriend, Senaida Castaneda, she said that she picked up Agaton from the pizza place where he worked about 7:45 p.m. She then drove him to where he lived at 3701 James St., Apt. 2A, so that he could change clothes and they could go dancing.

Agaton got out of the car, Castaneda told police, and went into the apartment while she waited. She heard him yell, “They’re trying to kill me!” and he ran from the building toward her car.

As Agaton fled, Castaneda said she heard a single gunshot and saw Agaton fall to the ground. Two men then stood over him and struck him with a long object, possibly a machete.

Agaton was able to get away and get back into the car, but lost the car keys. He pulled out a spare key from his wallet and gave it to Castaneda.

At the scene, officers later found a shell casing, magazine, blood, a baggie of bullets, two sets of keys, and a wallet with identification for Armando Ferral-Mujica.

About 9:20 p.m., a second person entered Centegra Hospital – McHenry with a cut to his hand and tried to check in under a different name, but was identified as Orlando Ferral-Mujica based on his Mexico Consulate Identification Card.

One of two people at the hospital with Orlando Ferral-Mujica was Eleuterla Ferral, who told police that she was his sister. She said that he had been drinking at their residence at 4107 Lillian St., Apt. F, in McHenry, since about 5:30 p.m.

She had left the house about 8:30 p.m., and 10 minutes later, Orlando called to say he had fallen in the kitchen and needed her to take him to the hospital.

Police said her story changed several times as to the timing and whether she honked her horn and Orlando came out, or whether he got into a different car.

During the interview, she also said that the victim, Agaton, was her mother’s cousin and that nobody in the family liked him because he murdered their uncle in Mexico about five years ago.

She also said that her brothers Orlando and Armando hung out with each other quite a bit.

When police went to Armando’s home at 302 Front St. about 3:30 a.m., they found a white Toyota Camry in the garage. There appeared to be “numerous” blood drops on beer cans in the front seat, as well as a green machete case and mail with Armando’s name on it.

Both men also have immigration holds. An immigration hold generally indicates that the defendant could be in the country illegally or that the criminal case could affect the defendant’s immigration status.

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