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Two arrested in schoolyard slayings

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  • NEW: 24-year-old "principal player" captured in Maryland
  • NEW: Suspect's juvenile half-brother also arrested, in Virginia
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NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- Two people were arrested Saturday in connection with the triple killing in a New Jersey elementary schoolyard, law enforcement sources said.

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Police had been seeking Rodolfo Godinez, 24, in connection with the schoolyard shootings.

Five people have been arrested in the case, and police are hunting a sixth.

"We will not rest until this case comes to a point where we know we have all those involved apprehended," Newark Mayor Cory Booker told a news conference Saturday. "We will ensure that the killers are captured."

One of the two arrested Saturday -- Rodolfo Godinez -- was described as a "principal player" in the schoolyard slayings.

Godinez -- a 24-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant -- was arrested in Prince George's County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., law enforcement sources said. Video Watch where police caught up with Godinez »

His younger half-brother also was arrested a short time later Woodbridge, Virginia.

"It was a really dramatic and intense pursuit," said Dave Turner, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Godinez was seized at what was described as a "flophouse" for day laborers, and he is being held in the county jail. Eight other men were in the house, police said.

Godinez's 15-year-old half-brother is in a juvenile facility in Prince William County, Virginia.

Both were arrested without incident and will face extradition hearings Monday.

The two were wanted in the August 4 killings of Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Photo See how the killings have sparked the community's outrage »

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Jose Carranza, 28, an undocumented worker from Peru, and two juveniles previously were arrested in connection with the execution-style slayings. All three have pleaded not guilty. Video Watch how the shootings shook the community »

Authorities are looking for one more suspect. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend


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