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Arrest Made in Connection with Tatum Goodwin’s Murder

Arrest Made in Connection with Tatum Goodwin’s Murder

The Laguna Beach Community gathered in sorrow and remembrance as they honored the life of Tatum Goodwin, a beloved 27-year-old woman whose tragic demise has shaken the community deeply.

Vigil held at the San Clemente Pier

Tatum Goodwin’s life was commemorated during a vigil at the San Clemente Pier, where friends and family braved adverse weather conditions to pay tribute to her memory. Kaylee Goodwin, Tatum’s sister, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support: “It’s all I could have asked for – my baby sister for her to have such amazing friends.”

However, amidst the mourning, a crucial development emerged in connection with Tatum’s homicide. “We can provide everyone with peace of mind there has been an arrest,” Kaylee announced, although acknowledging that true solace may remain elusive given the tragic circumstances of Tatum’s passing.

Laguna Beach Police Confirm Arrest

The Laguna Beach Police Department confirmed the arrest of 26-year-old Dino Rojas-Moreno, who now faces a murder charge linked to the case. The suspect was apprehended in Laguna Hills, with bail set at
$1,000,000 million dollars.

Tatum’s body was discovered in a secluded area along the 200 block of Ocean Avenue by a Laguna Beach construction worker. Descriptions indicated that she was severely beaten, found in an alley near the restaurant where she worked.

Tatum Goodwin, known to many as an assistant manager at Carmelita’s near Broadway and Coast Highway, was an integral part of the local community, having worked at the restaurant for four years. In support of her family, the Carmelita’s staff initiated fundraising efforts through a GoFundMe page.

Suspect Dino Rojas Moreno Arrested

The arrest of Dino Rojas-Moreno follows meticulous investigative work by the Laguna Beach Police Department, collaborating closely with law enforcement partners to seek justice for Tatum Goodwin and her grieving family.

While the community reels from this tragic loss, the arrest of the suspect offers a semblance of closure. Police have affirmed this as an isolated incident, assuring the community of no further threat.

The news of this arrest brings a mix of relief and continued mourning for Tatum Goodwin, a member of the Laguna Beach community whose impact will be remembered and cherished by all who knew her.

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