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Oct 24, 2013 12:47 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Man suspected in Phoenix double murder, served time for crimes in Tucson

TUCSON - The search is on for a Tucson man suspected of killing a teenage girl, and her boyfriend Monday night in Phoenix.

24 year old Hector Taner Karaca was released from prison last month and is considered armed and dangerous.

Karaca is linked to the 2006 murder of a Quick Mart employee in Tucson.

While a murder charge was ultimately dropped, he served time for hindering prosecution. Loved ones of the man killed are both angry and terrified that Karaca is on the loose.

"It's very scary, I'm really upset," says a relative of Christopher Cottle who wants to remain anonymous.

Seven years ago Cottle was shot and killed during a robbery on July 15th 2006. He was 50 years old, a husband, father, grandfather, and military veteran.

"Fought for his country, came back and they took his life in his own backyard, that's really sad," says a family member.

Her grief now extends to the families of a young Phoenix couple Kristen Furgeri and Jose Villa

Police believe Karaca once a juvenile suspect in her loved one's murder, shot and killed the couple Monday, then took their car. It was found the next day torched.

"It's heartbreaking, they'll never be the same person anymore," she says, "Part of them has been taken away from them."

"I just pray for them, that's all I can say is I pray for them. And I hope they can get through this, because it was really hard for us," she adds.

Karaca, who's now on the run, was released from prison September 5, without parole, despite multiple disciplinary infractions behind bars.

He's described as six feet tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos 'Tucson" across his upper back and 'Chavez' across his stomach, likely for his friend Daniel Chavez the 27 year old convicted of murdering Cottle.

"I can't even talk, it's just so hard to know that he's out there again doing this, it's really really hard," says Cottle's family member.

Phoenix Police say since Karaca has strong ties to Tucson, they want everyone to be on the lookout. Call 911 or 88-CRIME if you have any information.

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