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Deputies arrest 'person of interest' in fatal shooting on unrelated drug charge

Teresa Salgado, who also goes by 'Alex,' was in a vehicle with murder suspect Marion Gavins when Gavins pulled out a handgun and shot Curtis Gray, 18.
by: Jonathan Simmons Managing Editor

A "person of interest" in the April 13 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student Curtis Gray has been arrested on an unrelated drug charge.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office notified the community through social media and press statements shortly after the shooting that it was looking for Teresa Salgado, 18, who also goes by the name Alex. 

She is not a suspect, but detectives believe she was in the vehicle with suspect Marion Lee Gavins Jr., 17, when Gavins pulled out a handgun and shot Gray outside the Blaze N Flame Smoke Shop on Belle Terre Parkway. Gavins has already been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Deputies found Salgado April 18. She was "uncooperative and invoked her rights to an attorney," according to an FCSO news release.

A detective told Salgado that she had pending charges from a Jan. 15 traffic stop during which deputies had found drugs on her.

She had already been charged for possession of hashish, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the time, and was booked at the county jail and released on bond, according to jail records.

But since then, according to the FCSO's news release, an FDLE crime lab determined that a drug found in her possession was LSD. Deputies got a warrant April 18, with a charge of possession of LSD, and arrested Salgado in the afternoon, according to the news release.

The news release does not state how or where deputies found Salgado, beyond the fact that she was in Flagler Beach and located with Flagler Beach Police Department assistance.

“We want to thank the community for the tips to help locate Salgado,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “I’ve said before that you can run and hide from us but you will only go to jail tired as we will find you. Salgado is proof that we do not give up!”


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