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Murder of Laurie Lundeberg by Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz profiled on The Murder Tapes

Mugshot of Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz
Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz was convicted of killing Laurie Lundeberg and Andre Hawkins. Pic credit: Michigan Dept. of Corrections

The Murder Tapes is in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to investigate the murder of Laurie Lundeberg, who was gunned down outside her home by Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz.

Rodriguez-Ortiz was a violent hoodlum who murdered again a few months later. He killed teenager Andre Hawkins just a few blocks from where he murdered Lundeberg.

On March 18, 2017, 50-year-old Lundeberg was gunned down outside her home. The case initially proved to be a difficult one for the officers, who suspected that the killer was someone who had been having a romantic affair with the victim.

However, the cops later began to suspect Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz when they learned he had a prior conviction for assaulting Lundeberg. He had attacked her in September 2016 after she had allegedly evicted a friend. He was on probation at the time of the killing.

The cops were investigating Rodriguez-Ortiz when he killed again on January 23, 2018. This time the killer gunned down 17-year-old Andre Hawkins as he sat in his car. Hawkins was trying to start the ignition when three shots were fired at him.

The police later concluded that Rodriguez-Ortiz had mistakenly thought his young victim was romantically involved with his ex-girlfriend. The woman had reportedly broken up with the murderer earlier that day, causing him to fly into a jealous rage.

Murderer Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz was chased by police dog

The cops managed to apprehend Rodriguez-Ortiz the following day after a brief chase when the killer was bitten and brought down by a police dog.

It was when Rodriguez-Ortiz was in custody for the Hawkins murder that he inadvertently made a comment that incriminated him in the Lundeberg murder, which caused the police to charge him with both crimes.

Rodriguez-Ortiz was subsequently found guilty of first-degree murder in the Hawkins case, and he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Lundeberg murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

More from The Murder Tapes

Follow the links to read about more shocking crimes profiled on The Murder Tapes.

Samantha Guthrie was a teenager from Akron, Ohio, who had sadly succumbed to drug addiction and was subsequently shot dead by Danny Hamby in an abandoned drug house. Hamby was then aided by his girlfriend and two associates in an attempt to cover up the sickening crime.

Brucetravius Frazier was brutally shot dead by Gregory Todd in Opelika, Alabama, in 2018. Frazier managed to drive away from the scene but later succumbed to his injuries.

The Murder Tapes airs at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

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