Oswego man faces murder charges in Aurora shooting

 
 
Updated 1/31/2018 1:35 PM
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  • Serafin Castellanos

    Serafin Castellanos

A 38-year-old Oswego man is facing murder charges in connection with a March 2017 shooting in Aurora that left two men dead and a third seriously injured.

Serafin Castellanos, of the 100 block of Eisenhower Lane, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, Aurora police said Wednesday.

Police said the shooting happened around 12:50 a.m. March 10, 2017, at a bar on the 700 block of South Lincoln Avenue. Castellanos is accused of being the trigger man in the shooting that killed two Aurora men -- Jermaine P. Taylor, 35, of the 900 block of Edgelawn Avenue, and Anselmo V. Fernandez, 57, of the 500 block of North View Street.

A 37-year old Aurora man suffered a serious wound during the shooting, which occurred as the bar was closing.

Police say their investigation found that Castellanos approached Taylor after he left the business and was about to get into a vehicle. After shooting Taylor multiple times, Castellanos ran and fired several more shots.

Fernandez was fatally struck by a bullet as he stood in the entry to the bar, police said. The third man was hit as he sat in a vehicle.

Taylor and Fernandez both were pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. The third victim suffered a permanent injury to one of his eyes, police said.

Detectives have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, but they do believe Taylor was targeted.

Castellanos was taken into custody without incident on Tuesday after leaving his home and entering a vehicle that was stopped by the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities said detectives are continuing their investigation and haven't ruled out the possibility that additional people may be involved.

Information from the public was instrumental in filing the charges against Castellanos, police said. Investigators are asking anyone who knows anything about the shootings to call them at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.

Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward for information that leads to additional arrests.

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