A woman carried from a home Friday morning was found dead several hours later about eight blocks north of where she was last seen, Wichita police Capt. Brian White said.
The victim, who police think is 23-year-old Sabryna Guerrero-Newman, was found a few blocks west of 19th and Hydraulic, Lt. James Espinoza said. The dark blue 2007 Hyundai Sonata she was found in was parked near where the road dead-ends at I-135.
Her boyfriend, Darnell D. Hall, 22, was arrested in a parking lot of a Dillons at Harry and Edgemoor at 11:10 a.m., about three hours after police said he was seen carrying the victim from the house at 1139 N. Hydraulic. He is being held in the Sedgwick County jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to jail records.
Hall is being interviewed by police, White said.
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Neighbors in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic reported hearing three gunshots a few minutes before 8 a.m. Friday. Sometime after that, police said, a man was seen carrying a woman from the house to the Sonata and driving away.
Officers who responded to the 911 call Friday morning found “signs of a disturbance inside the home,” Espinoza said.
White, who briefed the media at the scene where the body was found, would not comment on the specifics of the case, including the location of the body in the car, or the wounds the victim sustained.
A woman who said she was Guerrero-Newman’s aunt broke down in tears at the crime scene shortly before 4 p.m., banging the trunk of her car and wailing, “It’s not right. Oh my God, why? Why?”
The woman – who asked to be identified only as Harmony because of concerns for her safety – said Guerrero-Newman was the mother of an elementary-school-age daughter. She described Guerrero-Newman’s daughter as having a “beautiful smile.”
“I just saw her the other day,” she said of Guerrero-Newman. “She didn’t deserve this. She was a loving, caring mother.”
Chris Davis, who said he was Guerrero-Newman’s brother, said his sister did not deserve to die.
“She was a single, hard-working mom,” said Davis, who paused frequently as he battled his emotions. “She lost her life to a coward.”
Guerrero-Newman was employed as a paraeducator at Adams Elementary School, according to the school’s website. A personal statement on her bio page reads, “I will do my best to help all students be the best they can be academically and socially.”
The discovery of Guerrero-Newman’s body culminated hours of searching that began after Shelby Tucker said he heard gunshots a few minutes before 8 a.m.
They sounded, he said, like they happened in the house just north of his home, which is just east of I-135 and south of 13th Street. Tucker said he got out of bed and looked out windows at the front and back of his house.
He said he heard muffled voices coming from the same house where the gunshots seemed to occur.
“I could tell they were arguing,” Tucker said.
He couldn’t work up the nerve to look out the window facing the house where the shots occurred, he said, choosing to go back to bed and listen to the radio.
“I guess I should have looked out the side window,” he said. “I probably would have seen them.”