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Family of Chad Luera emotional but relieved after murder suspect arrested in California

Updated: Mar. 19, 2021 at 10:51 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Authorities say a suspect believed to be connected to the murder of a man in Hale County has turned himself in to investigators.

In January, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced 24-year-old Alexander Y. Duberek of California was wanted for the Murder of 30-year-old Chad David Luera in Hale County on November 1, 2020.

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According to Hale County Sheriff David Cochran, Duberek turned himself in Thursday night in San Diego after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On November 1, 2020, the Hale County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a deceased person and found Luera’s body beside the road on North FM 400, just before 8 a.m.

Duberek was arrested by FBI agents after turning himself in.

Family of Chad Luera say they received the call last night, adding it was emotional, but ultimately “a relief.”

30-year-old Chad David Luera
30-year-old Chad David Luera(Luera's family)

“Still processing everything, it’s still hard to believe that we’re one step closer to justice. That was a phone call that we weren’t sure when it would come. It had been almost 5 months since, you know, you start to lose a little bit of hope,” Chad’s sister, Kristen Marquez told KCBD.

Marquez maintained a channel of TikTok videos, hoping to educate others and find more information on Duberek’s location, and details on her brother’s death.

Kristen says, “We can’t bring Chad back. As much as we want to, we can’t. He’s not with us anymore. We held out hope that we would get justice, and now we’re one step closer.”

Duberek is now awaiting extradition pending a hearing.

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