Mom identifies one victim of live-streamed homicide in Vacaville
Savannah Theberge, 26, is believed to be one of two victims of a double homicide in Vacaville, the aftermath of which was captured during a live social media stream over the weekend.
(Image courtesy Facebook, Graphic by Solano NewsNet)
A woman from Georgia says she believes her daughter is one of the victims of a live-streamed homicide that drew Vacaville police to an apartment complex over the weekend.
The mother of Savannah Theberge, 26, said she reviewed a copy of the live stream posted to social media and believed her daughter was one of the victims based on distinctive markings shown in the video.
That live stream was viewed in real-time by a number of people, including one woman who called Vacaville police to ask for a welfare check. That tip led police to the apartment complex along the 500 block of Rocky Hill Road early Saturday morning, where an hours-long standoff ensued with the murder suspect.
The suspect was eventually captured with the assistance of a S.W.A.T. team. He was first identified by Solano NewsNet as Raymond Weber, 29, a rap artist from Santa Rosa with ties to the Sacramento area. Weber is being held at the Solano County jail on two felony charges of first-degree murder and a separate warrant on two other criminal charges.
Copies of the live stream were quickly posted to various social media websites. Theberge’s mother reviewed one of those copies and said disctinctive tattoos on one of the bodies led her to believe it was her daughter.
The mother, whom Solano NewsNet is not identifying, told KOVR-TV (Channel 13) that Theberge and Weber had recently become engaged. She last heard from her daughter about a week ago when Theberge said she was going to travel from Utah to California.
Vacaville police have not publicly named either victim, and the mother said she is working with law enforcement to make a conclusive identification. But a copy of the live stream obtained by Solano NewsNet showed tattoos on one of the victims matched images posted by Theberge on her social media profiles, where she last listed her residency as Salt Lake City.
Theberge’s mother confirmed her residency in the KOVR-TV interview, adding that the woman had worked for Federal Express in Utah and has a 4-year-old son.
During the live stream, Weber appeared to justify the murders of the two women by claiming it as retribution for an alleged set-up involving his brother, local rap artist Marcus Weber, and another individual.
“They tried to set me up,” he complained. “[He] tried to have me killed.”
Weber later said in the video that he was unlikely to survive a confrontation with police.
“The police are going to come in, and I’m going to get them,” he asserted. “This is the last time you all will see me [online].”
Weber has at least one prior criminal conviction and a parole violation. The violation received local media attention after his younger brother, Antoine Weber, was accused of killing his older brother’s then-girlfriend. The younger Weber is currently incarcerated at the California State Prison in Vacaville.
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