CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — Two men were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the slaying of a University of Illinois student from Chicago.
Daniel Gonzalez, 21, of Cicero and Reginald Scott, 21, of Champaign, were charged in the shooting death of Vicente Mundo, 20. Champaign County Circuit Judge Tom Difanis ordered the two men held in lieu of a $2 million bond each.
Mundo was shot in the parking garage of his Champaign apartment on Jan. 25 after trying to escape a "pre-planned armed robbery" that involved "relatively small amounts of marijuana and cash," Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said.
Police say the suspects took Mundo's body to a rural area northwest of Tolono and left the body near a tree line. A woman walking her dog on Saturday on a country road found Mundo's body. By then, investigators had examined Mundo's cellphone, which they said established a link to Gonzalez.
"They were able to determine who he had been communicating with prior to his disappearance," said State's Attorney Julia Rietz.
After the shooting, Scott and Gonzalez, both Parkland College students, took Mundo's car, his phone and the three bags of cannabis, Rietz said. The car was found Monday at the apartment complex where Scott lives.
Mundo, a junior majoring in statistics, was last seen by his friend, Josh Arnold, who said Mundo got a call on his cellphone and then left Arnold's apartment, The Champaign News-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1CtBigB) Tuesday.
The shooting occurred in Gonzalez's car, authorities said.
"Gonzalez was in the driver's seat. Mundo was in the passenger seat. Scott was hiding in the trunk with the seat down in the back when Mundo got in," Rietz said.
Then Scott got out of the trunk, displayed a weapon and demanded cash and marijuana, Rietz said. Mundo was shot as he tried to get out of the car, she said.
Police said they recovered Gonzalez's car, in which they found the license plate to Mundo's car. They also located a silver semi-automatic handgun they say was pawned by Scott at an Urbana pawn shop, Rietz said.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Gonzalez or Scott have attorneys.
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