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Brothers charged in the double homicide at Rookies Bar and Grill held without bond

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-17 15:20:12-04

PARMA, Ohio — Two brothers charged in the deaths of two people during a shooting at Rookies Bar and Grill in Parma are being held without bond, according to court records.

Luis Angel Candelario has been charged with two counts of complicity to aggravated murder.

His brother Juan Carlos Perez has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

Candelario and Perez appeared in Parma Municipal Court in front of Judge Ken Spanagel Wednesday.

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Luis Candelario appears in Parma Municipal Court.

Candelario is being held without bond. His next court appearance is March 23 at 9:45 a.m. at the Justice Center.

Perez, who arrived to court in a wheelchair, was denied bail and is also being held without bond. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Justice Center.

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Juan Perez appears in Parma Municipal Court.

One of the men killed early Saturday morning was Sean Acierno, 29, who was walking through the parking lot of the bar when he was shot. He died as a result of his injuries, police said.

Timoteo “Tim” Cruz, 27, an off-duty Cuyahoga County Corrections Officer with a valid CCW permit, was working as a security guard for the bar. After Acierno was shot, Cruz returned fire at the shooter, striking him.

Police said the shooter gunned down Cruz and crawled into a getaway vehicle after being hit by a bullet fired by Cruz.

Cruz died as a result of his injuries.

Parma police commended Cruz’s heroic actions in firing at and striking the shooter, saying he “most likely saved additional lives while giving up his own life as other bar patrons were still in the area or exiting the bar.”

The weapon used in the shooting was an AR-15 and multiple shell casings were found at the scene.

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