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Two to be charged with second-degree murder in death of central Minnesota man found in plowed field

David Medellin Jr. has been identified as the victim of a homicide. The 24-year-old Willmar man's family last heard from him Oct. 24. He was supposed to meet his fiancee but never showed, and repeated texts and calls went unanswered. Submitted photo

WILLMAR, Minn. – Second-degree murder charges are pending against two individuals who were arrested late Monday afternoon, Nov. 5,  in the homicide death of David Medellin Jr.

The body of the 24-year-old Willmar man was found Wednesday in a plowed field near Willmar in central Minnesota and on Friday law enforcement said Medellin’s death was being investigated as a homicide.

In a news release, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said the arrests were made at around 5 p.m. by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Willmar Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force.

The names of the individuals will be released when they are formally charged, but Hartog said they were arrested on probable cause of second-degree murder and second-degree murder – liability for crimes of another.

The investigation is ongoing, Hartog said in the news release.

News of the arrest brought relief to Medellin’s fiancee, Felicia Rodriguez, of Willmar.

“Honestly, I have relief right now,” said Rodriguez during a brief telephone interview Monday night.

“I’m just happy that they know something. I’m happy that they found two people that could be involved,” she said.

Rodriguez said she hopes there can now be answers about how and why Medellin was killed.

Medellin’s body was found Oct. 31; however, he may have been missing since Oct. 24.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday that Medellin’s death was a homicide and that authorities were seeking information from anyone who had seen him since Oct. 24.

Meanwhile Medellin’s family has been mourning his death and planning a funeral service.

An obituary lists Medellin’s death as Oct. 31 and indicates that a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements for Medellin are with the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

In an interview Saturday, Medellin’s mother, Yesenia Alonzo of Willmar, said her family is looking for answers.

“I just want justice,” said Alonzo. “He didn’t deserve to die the way he did. He didn’t deserve this. He had a past, but he didn’t deserve this.”

Medellin had past convictions for assault, drug possession, harassment and violation of a restraining order. Court records show he had served time for an assault in Chippewa County.

“But he wasn’t a bad kid,” said Alonzo of the oldest of her six children. She said Medellin spent time in jail and paid his dues for his crimes and was turning his life around.

“He didn’t want to have that life anymore,” she said. “I saw a lot of change in him.”

Learning that he was going to be a father to a baby boy in March was inspiration for more positive changes, said Rodriguez, in a weekend interview.

Rodriguez said the last time she heard from Medellin was at 3:42 p.m. Oct. 24 as he was reportedly returning home to Willmar with a friend after a job orientation at a dairy farm.

The two had plans to meet up, she said. The last text message she got from him said, “OK Babe. I’ll be there.”

He never showed up and her repeated texts and calls went unanswered.

One week after that last text, Rodriguez said a detective told the family that a body had been found in a field and they suspected it was Medellin.

“It’s like a nightmare,” said Rodriguez. “It’s hard to wake up every morning and not having him next to me.”

Alonzo said her son was happy, loved his family dearly and would help anyone with anything, especially if it involved fixing cars.

“I’m going to miss his kisses. His hugs. His voice saying, ‘I love you, mom,’” she said.

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