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Three suspects were arrested Friday in the murder of an Oceano man in April in what investigators are calling a gang-related killing, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

Robert Joseph Garay, 28, and Gabriel Luis Garay, 21, both of San Luis Obispo, and Nathaniel Alexander Jara, 21, of Avila Beach were already in County Jail for an unrelated case when deputies arrested them about 4 p.m. on suspicion of murdering 41-year-old Daniel Fuentes Sr., sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

All three suspects are identified as members of the Oceano 13 gang, and the victim was previously associated with known gang members, he said.

The investigation began April 3 when sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2200 block of Beach Street in Oceano and discovered Fuentes deceased inside a home.

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Cipolla said investigators believe Fuentes knocked on the door of a neighbor's house, and when the neighbors opened the door, Fuentes told them he had been shot and died shortly afterward.

Detectives arrested the three suspects based on an extensive follow-up investigation, tips from the public and forensic evidence, Cipolla said.

"This is the result of good, old-fashioned investigative work," Sheriff Ian Parkinson said, adding that detectives “worked countless hours on this case.”

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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.