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Family claims accused killer is "loyal, kindhearted" person


Hours before Castellanos' arrest, his family spoke to the media for the first time. They wanted to set the record straight about what kind of person Castellanos really is. Luis Villa, Suspect's Brother said, "There's two sides to this story. And we need to hear his."

Sioux City police say Castellanos shot 20-year-old Adrian Rojas Hernandez , loaded Hernandez' body into a car, drove it to an area near Canton, South Dakota, dumped the body, and set it on fire. That's not like Castellanos, family members say. Luis Villa, Suspect's Brother said, "He's a loyal person, kindhearted. Huge heart."

Also confusing to Villa? The "close" relationship he said Castellanos had with the victim's family. Luis Villa, Suspect's Brother said, "We were close. I grew up with them. That's a second family." A family that Villa says his family reached out to in the days after Hernandez' death. Luis Villa, Suspect's Brother said, "They know where we stand. We love them. Like I said, they're a second family."

For now, Villa can only worry about one family, his own, as they wait for the next step after his brother's arrest. Luis Villa, Suspect's Brother said, "I just want my brother home."

A warrant, which was issued on Tuesday, charges Castellanos with first-degree murder.

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