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Rice and Taylor captured

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Shelbyville Police Department announced the arrest of Horatio Rice and Tiffany Taylor on Friday afternoon. 

Rice, a TBI Top 10 Most Wanted, and his apparent girlfriend, Taylor, were taken into custody in Tunica, Mississippi by the U.S. Marshal Service. They had painted their vehicle and were hold up in a hotel in Tunica, according to Shelbyville Police.

Local, state and federal investigators have been pursuing the two since Monday night’s murder of 14-year-old Israel D. Pascual. 

Police deem the killing of the Shelbyville Central High student as “senseless.” Grief counseling has been supplied to staff and students this week as they morn Israel’s passing. 

Local police said the assistance and cooperation of many agencies led to the successful apprehension of what they’re calling a “dangerous pair.” 

Services are planned Saturday morning for Israel. See today’s obituaries. 

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9/15/21

A 14-year-old boy investigators say is an “innocent victim” is dead as the result of a shooting Monday night.   

Shelbyville police say a gunman opened fire on Israel Diego Pascual as he sat in his brother’s car in the parking lot of Duck River Laundry, 1201 North Main St., around 9 p.m.  

Pascual, a freshman at Shelbyville Central High School, was dead when officers arrived in response to a call of a shooting.   

“Our best guess is this is a case of mistaken identity and this innocent victim was targeted,” SPD Deputy Chief Brian Crews said.  

Horatio Lewis Rice, 41, of Shelbyville has been charged with first degree murder, Shelbyville police said Tuesday afternoon. 

Rice allegedly burst from the dark as the family prepared to leave the laundry, investigators said.  

“The family went to do their laundry in two separate vehicles,” Crews said. “They finished their laundry and went to their vehicles.” 

Rice came from the area of a neighboring building to the north of the laundromat and fired six shots from a handgun toward Pascual, who police said was in the front seat of a Nissan Altima driven by his 22-year-old brother, Crews said.  

One of the shots was a fatal head wound, according to Crews. Detectives have recovered evidence from the scene.  

Pascual’s brother, who was in the driver’s seat, was uninjured.  

“Rice has an extensive criminal history including a conviction for attempted second degree murder out of Marshall County in 2007,” Crews said. 

Another man questioned by police Tuesday as a “subject of interest,” has been cleared, Crews said. That man and Rice have been living in a room at a North Cannon Boulevard motel, police said. 

“We don’t believe the students and school are in any danger. Grief counseling will be offered at the school,” Crews said.  

SCHS students and staff mourned the loss of Pascual, a freshman. 

“We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and great loss of one of our own,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett said. “Our prayers are with this family.” 

Counselors at SCHS and surrounding schools are on hand at the school this week to support students and staff as well as counselors from Centerstone Shelbyville. 

“I’m so saddened by the senseless act! He was such a sweet young man! I had the opportunity to teach him for many years! Praying for his family!” Lisa Steverson-Crunk commented on the Times-Gazette Facebook page. 

“He was such a sweet and funny boy. I loved having him in my class,” Regina Sanders McGriff said. 

“He was one of those who could brighten your day with his smile!!,” educator Cynthia Littlefield posted. 

Neither the victim nor his brother have police records, Crews said.  

“This young man was within his family doing laundry at 9 o’clock at night,” compared to other types of activities a youth could be involved in, Crews said. “This was a senseless act.” 

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9/14/2021

Horatio Lewis Rice of Shelbyville is being sought as a suspect in the shooting death of Israel Diego Pascual, Shelbyville police said Tuesday afternoon. 

Pascual was shot to death as he sat in his brother’s car outside Duck River Laundry, North Main Street, on Monday night. 

Rice, 41, of Shelbyville is charged with first degree murder, Detective Sgt. Charles Merlo said. 

Michael Anthony Caldwell, 38, is being sought as a “person of interest,” Merlo said. No charge has been filed against Caldwell, who Merlo said is homeless. 

“We uncovered evidence from video surveillance and were able to determine the identity of Rice,” Merlo said. “We’re still trying to determine a motive.” 

Fellow Shelbyville Central High School students mourned the loss of Pascual, a freshman. 

.“We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and great loss of one of our own,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tammy Garrett said. “Our prayers are with this family.” 

Counselors at SCHS and surrounding schools are on hand at the school this week to support students and staff as well as counselors from Centerstone Shelbyville. 

The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merlo at 931-684-5811. 

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9/13/21

A 14-year-old boy investigators say is an “innocent victim” is dead as the result of a shooting Monday night.  

Shelbyville police say a gunman opened fire on Israel Diego Pascual as he sat in his brother’s car in the parking lot of Duck River Laundry, 1201 North Main St., around 9 p.m. 

Pascual, a freshman at Shelbyville Central High School, was dead when officers arrived in response to a call of a shooting.  

“Our best guess is this is a case of mistaken identity and this innocent victim was targeted,” SPD Deputy Chief Brian Crews said. 

The gunman burst from the dark as the family prepared to leave the laundry, investigators said. 

“The family went to the laundromat to do their laundry in two separate vehicles,” Crews said. “They finished their laundry and went to their vehicles. 

“The gunman came from the area of Little Caesar’s Pizza and opened fire on the vehicle.” 

Pascual was in the front seat of a Nissan Altima driven by his 22-year-old brother, Crews said. 

Several shots from a handgun struck Pascual including a fatal wound to the head, according to Crews. Detectives have recovered evidence from the scene. 

Pascual’s brother, who was in the driver’s seat, was uninjured. 

“We don’t believe the students and school are in any danger. Grief counseling will be offered at the school,” Crews said. 

Neither the victim nor his brother have police records, Crews said. 

“This young man was within his family doing laundry at 9 o’clock at night,” compared to other types of activities a youth could be involved in, Crews said. “This was a senseless act.” 

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