“I was actually shocked:” Double homicide in Georgetown leaving resident surprised

GEORGETOWN, Del.- An argument leading to a double homicide right here at this Georgetown restaurant Saturday night. Now, detectives are left trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

“I was actually shocked and I really had no idea that something like that would happen in this town,” Jessica Lindenmeier, a Georgetown resident said.

Doors covered by wood and an empty dining area. That’s the sight of El Nopalito Restaurant, in Georgetown, days after a two were murdered Saturday night.

“There were reports of shots being fired at that location, and Delaware State Police assisted them initially with the response and at their request our homicide unit came in,” Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, with Delaware State Police, said.

According to police, it started with a group of men being asked to leave the restaurant because they were arguing with other customers. Eventually, the group left but two men came back, both wearing masks.

“They were armed, there was an incident where one of the victims necklace was grabbed and ripped from his neck and at that time that victim got up, tried to get the necklace back and was shot,” Master Cpl. Fournier said.

But it doesn’t stop there, the situation escalated.

“Then the subjects left, and as they were leaving a separate subject shot a gun as well and a separate victim also was shot,” Master Cpl. Fournier said.

Those shots killed, 31-year-old-Armando Vicente Chilel Lopez and 28-year-old Honorio Velasquez, and now police are asking for your help putting those responsible behind bars.

“Our detectives are looking for a gray extended bed pick up truck that may have been involved in this incident, so anybody who was at the restaurant or in the parking lot that night that may have seen a truck leaving there in a hurry contact our detectives,” Master Cpl. Fournier said.

In the meantime, one resident hopes this teaches an important lesson.

“This just goes to show you there’s a lot of hatred out here today and people need to love one another, everyone just be kind,” Lindenmeier said.

This is an ongoing investigation and police are still trying to talk to witnesses.

Anyone with information, should contact Delaware State Police at 302-365-8441 or information can be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

Senator Brian Pettyjohn, Mayor Bill West, and Representative Briggs King are organizing a candle light vigil this Thursday at 6:30 on The Circle for the two men who passed away.

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