Christopher Vasata charged in Jupiter triple murders

Christopher Vasata charged in Jupiter triple murders

Jupiter Police have made an arrest in the murders of three young people at a Super Bowl party.

Christopher Vasata, 24, of Jupiter is behind bars on three counts of first degree murder with a firearm.

Police have one man under arrest. But they’re not ruling out the possibility that another shooter is still out there who has not been caught.

Police say Vasata was the gunman who opened fire killing three people at a Super Bowl party at 1105 Mohawk Street in Jupiter February 5.

Vasata had been in the hospital since that incident until now.

“An investigation of this type is very meticulous work. You’ve got to dot the I’s and cross the T’s,” said Frank Kitzerow, Jupiter Police chief.

He would not say what Vasata’s motive was for the killings.

But police say all three victims--Sean Henry, 25, Kelli Doherty, 20 and Brandi El-Salhy, 24--were socializing when they were gunned down in the backyard of the house on Mohawk Street.

The chief hopes this latest arrest brings some comfort to the victims’ families.

“It’s tragic, it’s horrible, it’s terrible. I hope the best we can do is just give them a little justice. It’s not gonna ease their pain. But it’s the right thing for us to do,” Kitzerow said.

“Our office intends to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law. Our community deserves no less,” said Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County State Attorney.

When we went to Vasata’s home on Delaware Blvd in Jupiter, no one came to the door.

We found it’s about a two minute drive from there to the home on Mohawk Street where the three murders happened.

Vasata has a rap sheet dating back to 2012 that includes charges of selling drugs. Vasata even served time in jail—nearly two years.

“I didn’t think he was a threat to anybody here, no. He was just a young kid caught up in what he was doing to try to make some side cash,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s scary,” said Debbie Hledik, neighbor.

“It’s pretty terrifying. ‘Cause he could’ve come back to this neighborhood for whatever reason and possibly done the same thing to somebody over here. So that’s kinda crazy,” said Justin Kemp, neighbor.

Vasata is expected to make his first appearance in court on the murder charges Tuesday morning.

The Jupiter Police chief says the FBI will soon announce a reward for additional information that could lead them to another suspect.

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