Police have not announced arrests or a possible motive for the shooting that left two 25-year-old men dead inside a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant in Northwest Raleigh last week.
Someone called 911 about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after discovering Pedro Joel Reyes Diaz of Raleigh and Allan Uriel Rodriguez of Wendell in an SUV parked near Panera Bread at 6201 Glenwood Avenue, police reported.
“You know where Panera Bread is on Glenwood Avenue?” the 911 caller asked an emergency dispatcher in a recording made public by the Raleigh Police Department. “I think there’s a dead body in a truck in Glenwood Avenue.”
The caller, whose name was not made public, told the dispatcher that one of the victims was slumped over the steering wheel of the SUV, which he described as black in color, according to the recording.
Investigators have been close-mouthed about the case since Friday when they divulged the victims’ names. Neither man had a serious criminal history.
Their families could not be reached for comment Monday.
Diaz was a native of New York who lived in Raleigh, state records show. He was also part of the Job Corps program in Transylvania County, state record show. He was scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Monday on a misdemeanor charge of driving while license revoked, state records show.
Other charges against Diaz included driving without a license and an expired registration sticker violation. The charges were all dismissed, state records show.
Rodriguez lived in Wake County for most of his life, state records show. He also had a scant criminal history, with convictions in 2010 for reckless driving and in 2012 for simple possession of marijuana, state records show.
Diaz was known to friends and family as “Joel D’Jango.” He worked as a mechanic and spent time at Job Corps. He was buried Monday, according to his Facebook page.
A high school classmate, Ann Marie, who now lives in Jacksonville wrote #JusticeForJoel on her Facebook page and described him as “one of a kind.
“He listened to everyone. He made strangers feel like friends and made friends feel like family,” she wrote. “He was kind to all and turned his back on no one. We love you Joel. You are apart of gods Army now my friend.”
Rodriguez, according to his Facebook page, was a graduate of Leesville High School and self-employed. Last November, he posted the words, “The idea is to die young as late as possible.”
The shooting victims were apparently close friends. In late 2013, they took a picture together. Diaz posted the picture on Facebook and wrote the words “good times” beside the photo.
Police ask anyone with information about the shootings, or who was in the vicinity and noticed anything that appeared at all unusual, to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.