Autopsy: Whatcom County man died from multiple gunshots to his head near Toppenish


TOPPENISH - A Whatcom County man killed in Yakima County over the weekend had been shot in the head multiple times, according to the Yakima County coroner.

Pedro Marquez-Villa, 20, was found dead Saturday, June 22, behind a house outside the city of Toppenish.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins determined on Monday that Marquez-Villa died of multiple small-caliber gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Another man who had died from multiple gunshots to the head was found Friday in the trunk of a car south of Toppenish, but that shooting is believed to be caused by romantic jealousy, according to the Herald-Republic. A man and woman have been arrested in connection with that shooting.

No arrests have been made in the death of Marquez-Villa.

His parents live in the Yakima area, according to a family member.

In February 2012, Marquez-Villa was booked into Whatcom County Jail for failure to appear for marijuana possession and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. At the time of booking, he listed his address as in Nooksack, Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

Marquez-Villa owed Puget Sound Energy nearly $16,000 after his car crashed into PSE equipment on Birch Bay-Lynden Road in October 2011, according to court records.

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