AN Oregon man is facing charges in the murder of two teens, whose bodies were found in the garage of a home.
Wesley Abel Brady, 41, was arrested in the killing of the 18-year-olds and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of abuse of a corpse, court documents show.
Angela Pastorino and Alfredo Hernandez's bodies were found last week, on August 17, according to the Bend Police Department.
Cops were called to an Oregon home at around 11.15pm by a homeowner, who reported finding a body in their garage.
Officers got to the home and found one of the victims dead in the garage. Bend police secured the scene for detectives, who found a second body.
An initial investigation found that the two teens were doing work around the house, alongside Brady, for the homeowner on August 16.
"While drinking alcohol at the Mount Faith Place home later that evening, Hernandez and Brady got into a physical altercation, and Brady murdered both Pastorino and Hernandez," Bend police said.
"He then placed their bodies in the home’s garage before eventually traveling to a property in Christmas Valley."
The police department said that officers were at the scene when Brady returned to the area.
"He was detained and remains in custody," a news release said.
The teens were reported missing earlier in the day by a concerned family member, cops added.
Details about how they died were not released.
'BRIGHT, LOVING TEENS'
The 18-year-olds were inseparable, according to a GoFundMe for the young couple.
"They were bright, loving teens with family and friends who adored them," Erin Kevin, who organized the GoFundMe, wrote.
"Angela loved people almost as much as she loved dogs. Alfredo was known as a sweet, soft-spoken young man who was the first to volunteer to help with any task.
"They are both survived by their families, struggling to make sense of this tragic loss."
At Brady's first appearance in court on Friday, Deschutes County Circuit Judge Randy Miller ordered him to continue to be held without bail at the county jail, a charging document said.
Brady initially was arrested on seven charges, including sodomy, sex abuse, strangulation and tampering with evidence, according to a Bend Police Department release.
The judge granted an order from Deputy District Attorney Brandi Shroyer requesting that Brady "have no contact – direct, third-party of electronically – with the mothers of both alleged victims Angela Pastorino and Alfredo Hernandez.
"Nor with the owner of the Mount Faith Place home where the teens’ bodies were discovered in the garage."
Brady has a history of "disturbing behavior," according to local news outlet The Bulletin.
"According to his ex-wife, Brady claimed he was a prophet and the end of the world was near," the news outlet wrote.
"He said he could hear people crying and screaming who no one else could hear. He kept on him a vial and he asked his children for samples of blood to go in it."
His erratic behavior reportedly led his ex-wife to seek a restraining order against him.
Public records showed that Brady allegedly ignited fires at a historic home in downtown Bend several years ago as part of a "ritual."
The Bulletin reported: "Investigators noted 'cult-type ceremonial activity: trinkets among the ashes, pentagrams scrawled on surfaces and dolls arrayed in sexually violent poses.'”
Brady was arrested and charged with first-degree arson and first-degree burglary for the ritual-related crime in 2018, according to the Oregon Judicial Department public records.
SUPPORT FOR TEENS' FAMILIES
More than $18,000 has been raised for the victims' families through the GoFundMe fundraiser so far.
"We have it within our power to help support the costs of giving Angela and Alfredo a meaningful funeral and memorial," the fundraiser said.
"Please consider donating to help the families heal. All funds raised will be split between the two families."
A lot of the donations were made anonymously but some came from people who knew the couple and left regards to their families with donations.
One person donated and left a comment saying: "Sweetest most loving people you could imagine meeting, taking every second they had to work on themselves, Alfredo and Angela you will be very very missed."
Another comment with a donation said: "Alfredo was the sweetest of young hearts. This planet was blessed with his presence for an amount of time that was way too short.
"I wish there was more I could do. I’m praying for the families of him and Angela."
One more comment added: "To Angie and Alfredo, you will both be very missed. You guys can have my parking spot anytime at home. It won’t be the same without you around here."
"My heart goes out to Jen. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. Angie was a sweet young woman, and was so proud of herself for getting her GED recently. She would say 'Hi' and smile and wave at me every time she saw me.
"Her boyfriend was happy to offer help to carry heavy things for us. Sweet, young souls gone way too soon. May justice be served."
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