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Relatives fear revenge a factor in Modesto slayings
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MODESTO, CA - Relatives of those killed in a triple murder in Modesto over the weekend fear that revenge is the motive behind the killings.

The murders were committed inside an east Modesto home on North McClure Road just before 4 a.m. Saturday.

Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation, the suspects, and the motive for the violence.

According to police, the victims included:  Edward Reinig, 31, a web designer and girlfriend Alyxandra Tellez, 19.  David Siebels, 16, a relative of Reinig, was also killed. Reinig and Siebels lived at the home along with several others, according to neighbors.

A relative who did not want to be identified said the three people killed were not the intended targets.

"The perpetrator of the kidnapping, rape, and assault was arrested last year," said the victim's relative. "The target was either the girl who was kidnapped or the family of the girl who was kidnapped."

The intended targets escaped injury.

According to neighbors, a young couple who lived in the home with their 8-year-old son were out of town when the murders happened. Another person living in the home hid from attackers in a closet, according to a family friend.

That person made repeated calls to 911 until the cellphone battery was drained, according to a victim's relative.

Irene Leon, who lives just a few doors down, said, "It's kind of scary."

"It's just heart-rendering that you have somebody so unconscionable, so unaware, just to go in and kill somebody," said T.J. Dunaway, a family friend of Tellez.

Police would not return News10's calls Sunday. On Saturday, they said they had no suspects, but they didn't feel the crime was a random act of violence.

By Suzanne Phan, sphan@news10.net

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