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Suspects named in man's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three men are wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office for allegedly shooting to death a Gwinnett County man in December.

According to a press release sent out by the sheriff's office, investigators believe Fernando Jimenez Gallejo, 24, of Buford; Luis Alfredo Reyes Rivera, 19, of Buford; and Odin Miranda Osorio, 20, of North Carolina took 21-year-old Jesus Araujo Lopez to a remote area of Cherokee County near Ga. Highway 372 and shot him to death.

Cpl. Nicole Ebbeskotte, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office said Lopez's body was found about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12 by transportation workers preforming road repairs on the highway near the Etowah River Bridge in Cherokee County.

An autopsy revealed Lopez died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Ebbeskotte said police believe the shooting was drug related.

A 15-year-old Gwinnett County teen was previously arrested on Dec. 22 in connection with the shooting. He was charged as an adult with conspiracy to commit murder.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Ebbeskotte said she could not comment on the men's connection to Lopez or provide more information about the case.

Gallejo is known go by the name Noel Colon and Rivera is also known as Chapas, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the men or the shooting is asked to call the Cherokee Sheriff's Office at 678- 493-4080 or the Violent Crime Unit at 678-493-4350.