Two murder victims found shot to death in Socastee Plaza on Monday morning have been identified.
Rafael Aguilar, 31, and Carmelo Marmolejo-Calixto, 33, died of gunshot wounds to vital organs, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said. Both lived in the Myrtle Beach area.
The double homicide in the parking lot of Socastee Plaza in front of El Ya Merito on S.C. 707 happened just a little over a month after a 65-year-old woman was found dead in the same area.
Aguilar and Marmolejo-Calixto were found dead around 7 a.m. Monday, according to Lt. Raul Denis with the Horry County Police.
Wanda Wohnig was found stabbed to death June 3 in the parking lot in front of the laundromat in the same plaza. Jon Paul Joseph Marston, of Myrtle Beach, was arrested and faces charges of murder, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
On Monday, one of the deceased men was found lying face down on the ground next to a gold Chevrolet Astro van that had tinted windows with the windshield wipers still moving. The other victim was slumped over in the passenger seat of the van.
A medical call came in first with a man reporting to find the victim laying next to the van, Denis said. They thought he was injured but didn’t want to get too close because the caller had a child with him, he said.
The fire department initially responded and paramedics found that the man was dead and called police.
“So we responded and I guess at that point we found a second deceased young man in the van,” Denis said.
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian