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4 arrested in fatal Fort Worth stabbing

FORT WORTH -- Four people have been arrested in connection with the robbery and fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old Fort Worth man early Sunday.

Police believe Javier Santos went to a southwest Fort Worth home in search of prostitutes early Sunday but instead was stabbed in the chest and had his throat slashed. Robbery is believed to have been the motive in the slaying, police said.

On Monday, police arrested four suspects — three men and a woman — on warrants in connection with the case at police headquarters.

Ivan Eugene Shepherd, 19, Jerrodick Campbell and Landon Jarrod Shepherd, both 17, face charges of capital murder. Diedre Nicole Mason, 21, faces a charge of murder.

All four were being held in the Mansfield jail Tuesday. Bail was set at $150,000 each for Ivan and Landon Shepherd, $1 million for Campbell and $200,000 for Mason, according to jail officials.

According to police, Santos and a friend had met an unidentified man at a convenience store a few days before the slaying who gave them information about how to score drugs and prostitutes.

Early Sunday, Santos and his friend used that information to meet a group of people at a home in the 4200 block of Yellowleaf Drive in search of prostitutes, police said.

Santos’ friend told police that Santos went into a bedroom of the house with a girl. Minutes later, the friend heard Santos’ screams in the hallway of the house and found his friend with his throat cut and bleeding from a stab wound in his chest. Santos died in the hallway, police said.

The suspects fled the house but were later identified through confidential sources, police said. Mugshots of the suspect were not being released because of the on-going investigation.

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