Previously deported illegal immigrant charged with murder of 25-year-old Michigan woman

An illegal immigrant who was deported to his home country of Mexico in 2020 has been accused of the murder of a Michigan woman after he re-entered the country illegally.Brandon Ortiz-Vite, who is currently being held at the Kent County, Michigan, jail is being charged with murder and other crimes after the body of 25-year-old Ruby Garcia was discovered on U.S. 131 in downtown Grand Rapids and identified by investigators.In a statement to Fox News Digital, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson confirmed that Ortiz-Vite was in the country illegally at the time of Garcia’s death.NEW YORK CITY BEGINS GIVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS PREPAID DEBIT CARDS AS PART OF $53 MILLION PILOT PROGRAMOrtiz-Vite, 25, “was arrested by Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Detroit on Aug. 31, 2020, and served a notice to appear. He was ordered removed by an immigration judge with the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) Sept. 24, 2020, and was removed to Mexico Sept. 29, 2020,” a spokesperson for ICE told Fox News Digital. “At an unknown date and location Ortiz-Vite reentered the United States without inspection by an immigration official.””On Mar. 24, 2024, ERO Detroit encountered Ortiz-Vite pursuant to him being arrested by the Michigan State Police and charged with murder and other crimes,” the spokesperson added. “ERO Detroit lodged a detainer with the Kent County Jail for Ortiz-Vite.”First reported by The Midwesterner, a Michigan news outlet, authorities found Garcia’s deceased body near the roadways of southbound U.S. 131 and Leonard Street with apparent gunshot wounds around 11:38 p.m. on Friday.Though the murder charge has not been formally announced, a public information officer for the Michigan State Police confirmed to Fox News Digital that the charges — expected to be announced at a Tuesday evening press conference — are related to the death of Garcia.GOP SENATOR OUTRAGED BY WEEKLY REPORTS OF MIGRANT ARRIVALS RELEASED BY DHSGarcia’s sister, Mavi Garcia, has since established a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ruby’s funeral. As of Tuesday afternoon, the fundraiser had received 270 donations and raised more than $15,100, surpassing its original goal of $13,000.Speaking to The Midwesterner earlier this week, Mavi Garcia, who previously identified Ortiz-Vite in a post to Facebook as the suspect in her sister’s death, said her sister was “a great person all around.””She would brighten up the room with her beautiful smile and laugh,” Garcia said of her sister. “She loved to travel, was dedicated to her work and enjoyed being with her family on her free time.””She was a great daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be remembered as being full of life and laughter, those who were around her would know she was silly and made everyone laugh,” Garcia added of Ruby. “Her loss has impacted the lives of many people. Her life was taken too soon. She deserved to live life, travel the world, have kids and follow her dreams.”Asked by the outlet about Ortiz-Vite’s relationship with Ruby, Mavi Garcia said at the time, “I prefer not to give out information on their relationship. … He is currently in custody. That’s all we know as of right now, and he is/was here illegally.”
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