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Two 'friends' charged with Brownsville teen's death

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Two Brownsville teens are now charged with the shooting death of a friend and are behind bars under $1 million dollar bonds.

Brownsville police arrested 17-year-old Roberto Ortega and 17-year-old Eric Hernandez for the death of their friend Jose Francisco Araujo.

Investigators told Action 4 News that the pair shot 17-year-old Araujo.

The teen's family reported him missing and discovered his body in a wooded area off Wild Rose Lane on Sunday.

Police believe Ortega was the shooter but a motive remains unclear.

Investigators told Action 4 News that they are investigating all possibilities, including one that the shooting may have been connected to Mexican drug cartels.

Each teen appeared before a Brownsville municipal judge on Tuesday where they were each given a $1 million dollar bonds.

Police said the two teens arrested are cooperating and that the investigation is still ongoing.

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