3rd arrest made in '09 shooting

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police on Friday arrested the alleged trigger man in the fatal shooting of a Norcross man last year.

Edwin Cabral, 31, is charged with one count of murder for shooting Gabriel Silverio, 38, in the torso and leg in January 2009, according to his arrest warrant.

Cabral was picked up at a residence in the 1600 block of Pirkle Road in Norcross, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli. Jail records list his most recent of several Gwinnett addresses as Station Center Boulevard in Suwanee.

A warrant for Cabral's arrest was issued last month after "recent developments" in the year-long investigation identified him "as playing a key role in the murder," Schiralli said.

Police found Silverio gunned down in his Azalea Drive mobile home near Norcross on Jan. 14 last year. The death could have been part of a conspiracy to rob rival drug dealers that went wrong, or the victim may have been taken out by his own crew, authorities have said.

Investigators believe Silverio had been shot earlier in a supposed Lawrenceville stash house on River Drive operated by a rival faction. Nobody was home at the time they stormed in, police said.

The case generated an 82-page police report and led investigators to Miami and back, a Gwinnett police spokesman said last month.

Police arrested Miguel Abreu, 30, on murder charges in January. An alleged co-conspirator, Donald Jones-Buonpensiere, 24, was booked in Gwinnett a couple weeks after the killing after he'd been picked up in Miami on unrelated charges.

Jones-Buonpensiere and the victim were old friends, and both murder suspects raided the Lilburn stash house with him, police have said.

Following the shooting, the team drove Silverio home, called 911, and fled. Police found the victim just after midnight, and he later died at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Police said neither crew is affiliated with any recognized gang. All but the victim, a native of Uruguay, hail from the Dominican Republic.

All three suspects await prosecution at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.