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Vicente Mundo: University of Illinois student missing Found

UPDATE 2016 – Daniel Gonzalez pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Vicente and received 38 years.

UPDATE  2015 – Reginald Scott, 21, who was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Vicente was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison.

UPDATE 2/4/14 –  Daniel Gonzalez and Reginald Scott are charged with first-degree murder of Vicente Mundo on Monday.  Police are saying that Gonzalez knew Mundo and text messages show they were going to meet.

“Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said Mundo was fatally shot in the parking garage at his Champaign apartment, located in the 300 block of East Chalmers on Sunday in a “pre-planned armed robbery … involving relatively small amounts of marijuana and cash.”

Prosecutors said Gonzalez confessed to the police and they have found the handgun used.   Scott was hiding in the trunk of Gonzalez’s car when Mundo got in and Mundo was shot in the back of the head, prosecutors said.  Vicente’s body was dumped near  Tolono.

UPDATE 2/2/14 – The body of Vicente was found body found in Savoy early Saturday by a woman walking a dog.  The police has called the case a homicide.   Authorities are still looking for Vicente’s car.

“The death is being investigated as a homicide, although police do not believe it was a random act or that it presents an ongoing threat to the community. We are deeply troubled any time harm comes to one of our students. We have a responsibility to Mr. Mundo’s family, his friends and our campus community to bring whoever is responsible to justice, and we will never give up on that promise until that happens.”

Original Story:  Vicente Mundo, 20, a University of Illinois student went missing on Sunday, Jan 25, 2015.  He was last seen around 7:15 p.m. when he left a friend’s apartment on campus  near the corner of Third and Chalmers in Champaign and went to his car, a 2006 silver Acura TL, to go to another friend’s house.  The car also has a special edition Bears license plate 2557.  Vicente was to return to his apartment where friends were waiting but he never showed up.  His last cell phone call was at 7:12 p.m. Sunday.

“According to one of his friends, he was supposed to go the garage and get something from his car, meet someone in the car. I’m not quite sure what happened there. The thing is he just never came back to the apartment,” Viviana Mundo, Vincente’s sister said.

Viviana said her brother’s grades have been good and she wasn’t aware of any problems in his life.

“I am close enough with him that he would have told me if something was going on,” she said. “Nothing out of the normal. No event has happened in his life that would make him just leave and not come back.”

Mundo is described as 6 feet tall, 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a navy down coat and a Blackhawks baseball hat.

Anyone with information was asked to call the U. of I. police at 217-333-1216 or Champaign police at 217-351-4545.

Another student Christian Zamora has been missing since New Years Eve.

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