Chico police ask public for new information on brothers murders


CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Police Department and FBI are seeking information from the public to help solve a cold case homicide that happened April 6, 2013. The FBI is offering a new reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Police said 52-year-old Jeronimo Valladares-Mata, of Corning, was shot and killed at a mobile home park at 3549 Esplanade in Chico in 2013. He was seated inside a small pick-up truck when the suspect shot him in his head. He died six days later.

Jeronimo's brother, Audelino Valladares-Mata, was murdered six years earlier, on August 1, 2007. This incident also happened at a mobile home park in Chico at 123 Henshaw Avenue.

Chico police said both homicides remain unsolved.

At a news conference Wednesday, Chico Police Chief Michael O'Brien said there aren't many details they can release, other than the fact that police don't have any new leads.

"These two men were innocent victims who did not have any connection to criminal activity," said Chief O'Brien. "We would like to see those responsible brought to justice and are seeking help from the public to make that happen."

Anyone with information about either murder is urged to call the Chico Police tip line at 530-897-5899, or submit a tip here.

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