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Man accused of teen's murder lived nearby

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It took police about one week to make an arrest in the murder of a Mid-South teen with a promising future. As it turns out, the man charged with killing Aaron Vasquez may have been in the neighborhood all along.

Pest control traps snagged a family of squirrels sneaking in through the roof of a home listed as the residence of the man investigators believe killed Vasquez as he took out the trash at the restaurant where he worked.

"About two weeks ago this family moved in there. I don't know them. I haven't met them," said neighbor Gene Trouy. "As far as I know they're quiet neighbors. Then all of a sudden Saturday the police pulled up."

Police pulled up with crime scene investigators searching for evidence the day after they caught Cordicus Arnold.

Arnold is charged with killing University of Memphis sophomore Aaron Vasquez.

The 19-year-old was stabbed to death while taking out the trash at El Toro Loco at 3:45 a.m. two weeks ago.

The restaurant where Vasquez worked is just a little more than one mile away from Arnold's listed address on Cowdrie Cove.

"Nobody likes to know there's a murderer living in their neighborhood. But there's not a whole lot we can do about it," said Trouy. "I guess something like this can happen anywhere."

Arnold was supposed to be in court Tuesday morning for the first time but he did not show. His court date was delayed one week because court officials say he is still being treated at the hospital after being hurt while running from police.

No one answered the door at Arnold's listed address.

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