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Two arrested in connection with January double homicide

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Police have arrested two men in connection with the slayings of Justin Zeno and Skylar Barry last month. 

Lafayette Police say they had help from police in Radcliff, Kentucky in finding and arresting Tre'von Woods and Christopher Burns. 

Justin Zeno's mother, Sarah Brooks, is thankful detectives have arrested the suspects accused of killing her son. She says what's most heartbreaking is that her son and one of the suspects, Tre'von Woods, were friends.

"It's like he ripped my heart out," Brooks said. "He knows how I feel about my children. Me and Justin we talked like 3 or 4 times a day. At night he would text me good night and I love you. We had a very close bond."

Brooks said she once dropped Woods home in the middle of the night to make sure he was safe.

"I said I would not leave until they opened the door and you closed it," Brooks recalled about the situation. "That really hurts me. I stayed there and waited until they opened the door for you to enter the home and this is what you do. " 

Police say they found Woods and Burns driving the same White Dodge Caliber caught on surveillance near the site of Zeno's death.

"During the interview with detectives one of the suspects confessed. Admitted to murdering them." Lafayette Chief Toby Aguillard said. 

Police say they learned a vehicle seen on surveillance near the murder scenes had ties to Radcliff. They called police there for help, and Radcliff Police found the vehicle, with Woods and Burns inside. They were arrested on January 31, police say. 

Lafayette detectives traveled to Radcliff, at which time one of the suspects allegedly confessed to killing both men on the night of January 12. Both murders happened in Broussard, but Zeno's body was transported to Lafayette and placed in his vehicle, which was then set on fire, police said. 

Chief Brannon Decou said, "This is the first homicide in 10 years that Broussard has had." While looking at the victim's family he added, "I'm sorry to say that it was your loved one that it occurred to."

Brooks says the arrests have given her family closure. Police say they believe robbery was one of the motives. However, they are still investigating to learn more about why the murders happened. No word on when Woods and Burns will be transported to face charges.

The men are being held in Kentucky, and once extradited will be booked in Lafayette with two counts each of first-degree murder.

To read our original story on this case, click here

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