Man charged with two murders in suburban West Palm Beach


A 33-year-old Lake Worth man was arrested Wednesday in the shooting deaths of a man and a woman found dead in a car last month outside a suburban West Palm Beach convenience store. 

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hipolito Jesus Fraguela, charging him in the June 4 murders Justin Moyer, 33, of Greenacres and Crystal Rivera, 20, of Wellington.

Detectives from the sheriff’s Violent Crimes Division arrested Fraguela on a warrant for first-degree murder shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday. He is expected to make his first court appearance on the charges Thursday .

At about 3:15 a.m. June 4, sheriff’s deputies found Rivera and Moyer dead in a black Chevrolet Malibu outside the Fast Stop In Go convenience store at Belvedere and Drexel roads, just west of Palm Beach International Airport. Three other people were found standing outside the vehicle, including a woman was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds.

Investigators believe the shooting victims may have been targeted nearby at the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail.  

A sheriff’s statement released Wednesday gave no other information about how Fraguela was involved, or what his motivation might have been.

A friend worth a tattoo, a dad who rapped: Murder victims recalled

Moyer’s mother, Valli Moyer, told The Palm Beach Post last month that she did not know why Justin and Rivera were together that morning, but guessed that they were either acquaintances or had mutual friends. 

Family and friends said the 6-foot-9 Moyer had “a giant heart” to match his size, especially toward his young son.

Moyer was a Palm Beach Lakes High graduate and a rap music artist who performed under the name the Jbo Hithard. He had just returned from a six-week tour of the Great Plains and west coast cities, his mother said.

Rivera lived in Wellington and worked at various strip clubs in the county, a former roommate of Rivera’s told the Post. 

“There was rarely a time when I’d see her and she wasn’t smiling,” Sydney Wolfe, a co-worker, said in June. “There wasn’t a moment (with her) that wasn’t my favorite.”

Records show that Fraguela has a criminal history that includes a conviction in 2011 for aggravated child abuse. 

He was arrested on the charge in October 2009, after an infant was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with head and rib injuries. He was released from prison in November 2014 and serving just over three years of a five-year prison sentence.

A Palm Beach Post report about the 2009 arrest said that Fraguela told authorities he was affiliated with the Crips street gang. An arrest report indicates that he had a “CRIPS” tattoo on his left forearm and on the crown of his left hand.

The sheriff’s office said Wednesday it had no information available about whether Fraguela was presently linked to a gang.

Staff writers Olivia Hitchcock and McKenna Ross contributed to this story.

 



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