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Man arrested for killing of Modesto DoorDash driver, Andrew Satavu

On Tuesday, Modesto police arrested 46-year-old Mario Esparza from Modesto on murder charges.

MODESTO, Calif. — A man was arrested in Southern California for the killing of Modesto DoorDash driver Andrew Satavu.

On Tuesday, Modesto police arrested 46-year-old Mario Esparza from Modesto on murder charges. The Modesto Police Department said 56-year-old Andrew Satavu was shot and killed while doing his job on April 18 along the 1600 block of Gardenia Road.

Video surveillance allowed police to identify Esparza as the suspect. At around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, officers pulled Esparza over on Interstate 405 near Carson, Calif. 

Friends called Satavu a loving and energetic husband and father, who also took care of family members in Fiji.

While the arrest brings relief to Mario Sanchez, Satavu's friend of nearly 20 years, he's still in the dark as to why his friend was killed.

"When I seen the news, when I read my texts, I was I was happy, but at the same time, I was just like, I hope this guy confesses to what he did and you know, get some justice for Andrew now," Sanchez said.

Sanchez wants to know why friend was killed.

"A lot of guys here at work... we're all happy, you know? The guy got caught but we're, like, still no kind of closure because we want to know what - if he died for no reason. The guy didn't have no enemies or nothing like that," he said.

He still remembers Satavu as a man who was young at heart.

"That's how he was. He was always a big kid," Sanchez said.

ARREST MADE IN MURDER INVESTIGATION OF DOOR DASH DRIVER Modesto Police Department Press Release Release Date: May 11,...

Posted by Modesto Police Department on Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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