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Amarillo Police Department
Sunday February 5th, 2023 :: 07:52 p.m. CST


The suspect in the morning homicide has been arrested.


Homicide Detectives were able to identify the suspect in this case as a 29-year-old male. The suspect was tracked to a hotel in the 1700 block of I-40 East. At 7:06 PM, the Amarillo Police Department Critical Incident Response Team was called to the hotel to apprehend the suspect. At 7:40 PM, the suspect was taken into custody. More information will be released once the suspect has been booked into jail. 

***Original Release***

On February 5th at 7:28 AM, Amarillo Police Officers were given information on a possible homicide at a hotel in the 4600 block of East I-40. Officers located 31-year-old Kendra Vela deceased in a room with apparent gunshot wounds. 
The Amarillo Police Department Homicide is investigating. No arrest has been made At this time.  

Amarillo Police Department
200 SE 3rd Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 806-378-4257

Cpl. Jeb Hilton
Crime Prevention Unit
[email protected]

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