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Arrests made after body found in barrel

Posted at 3:11 AM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 03:11:36-05

CHULA VISTA, CA (KSWB/CNN) - Omar Medina’s family says life without him has been hard. For the first time, his sister is speaking publicly about his death.

“Just to know that he’s with the Lord, you know, that’s the only thing that keeps me going,” said Alicia Villegas, the sister of Medina, 28.

In October, Medina’s body was found inside a barrel floating near the surface of the San Diego Bay. The body was anchored to cinder blocks.

Two months later, two men are now sitting in jail in connection with Medina’s death.

Chula Vista Police, sheriff’s deputies and US Marshals took 52-year-old Timothy John Cook into custody. Around the same time in El Cajon, CA, officers also arrested 38-year-old Derrick Jefferson Spurgeon. Police said both were arrested for murder.

Medina’s sister said she has no idea who these men are, but she has no hate in her heart, and she forgives them.

“I can’t say that their sins are greater than mine,” Villegas said. “I can’t point the finger. That’s not my job. That’s God’s job, and justice belongs to him.”

She wants people to remember her brother as an excellent music producer and a loving son, brother and uncle. If he were with her now, she knows what she would tell him.

“That I love him, but more than that,” she said. “I would tell him that everything he ever told me, I have it in my heart.”

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