Vermont’s Capital Investigates First Murder to Occur in Nearly 100 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(MONTPELIER, Vt.) -- Vermont police are searching for a suspect in a murder that authorities said is the first to occur in the state’s capital in almost a century.

Vermont State Police issued an arrest warrant on Monday for 29-year-old Jayveon Caballero, who is wanted for second-degree murder.

Investigators believe Caballero knew the victim, 33-year-old Markus Austin, and that an altercation occurred between them early Sunday morning outside a bar in the town of Barre. Detectives received information that at some point during the altercation, Austin assaulted Caballero’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Desiree Cary, according to police.

Later Sunday morning, at approximately 4:30 a.m., police said Caballero confronted Austin at a parking lot outside the victim’s apartment in the capital Montpelier and allegedly shot him before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The victim was found dead on the ground from at least one gunshot wound, police said.

Caballero’s girlfriend was arrested in Barre on Sunday night as part of an ongoing drug distribution investigation by the Vermont Drug Task Force. Cary was subsequently charged with selling crack cocaine and heroin and jailed for lack of $10,000 bail, police said.

Cary is due back in court in April, authorities said. It’s unclear if she has hired an attorney and if she has entered a plea.

Investigators learned that Cary lives with Caballero in an apartment in Barre, police said. Vermont State Police searched the residence on Monday in an attempt to locate the suspect and to search for evidence, police said.

Detectives have received information that Caballero may have fled Vermont sometime during the day on Sunday. The suspect remains at large and it’s unknown if he is travelling in a vehicle, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at (802) 229-9191 or the Montpelier Police Department at (802) 223-3445.

The Montpelier Police Department told ABC affiliate WVNY-TV that this is the first murder to occur in Vermont’s capital since the 1920s.

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Protests erupt from Boston to California as Confederate monument tensions boil over

Protests erupt from Boston to California as Confederate monument tensions boil overSpencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The weekend after a white nationalist rally collapsed into chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia, leading to the alleged murder of an anti-racism activist, protests erupted across the country against white supremacy, racism and the presence of Confederate monuments.

Boston, Massachusetts

Tens of thousands counterprotesting a rally purporting to be about free speech swarmed Boston on Saturday, leading to a few conflicts with police and widespread attention from traditional and social media.

A total of 33 arrests were made Saturday in Boston, primarily resulting from disorderly conduct and alleged assaults against police officers, the Boston Police Department said. Police indicated that some demonstrators were throwing rocks and bottles of urine, but that did not represent the majority of participants, according to Police Commissioner William Evans.

"99.9 percent of the people here were for the right reasons" and participated peacefully, Evans said.

Dallas, Texas

Thousands of demonstrators gathered around the area of Dallas City Hall Saturday at a rally calling for unity, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

More than a dozen activists, politicians and faith leaders spoke prior to a candlelight vigil, the affiliate reported.

Tensions were high near Confederate War Memorial Park, where calls have been growing to remove statues commemorating Civil War veterans who fought for the Confederacy, WFAA-TV reported.

Cotton candy and caramel apples for sale for $3 in the middle of this protest against Dallas' Confederate War Memorial.

— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) August 20, 2017

Monuments commemorating the Confederacy on public land "must be and will be removed," Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway said at a Friday press conference, which featured black members of Dallas's City Council, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Kevin Felder, one of the City Council members, said "taxpayer dollars should not support vestiges of racism and white supremacy," in reference to the statues, while speaking at Friday's press conference.

Five people were detained during Saturday’s rally and then released without charges, the Dallas Police Department told ABC News.

Memphis, Tennessee

Six demonstrators were arrested in Memphis following a rally to remove a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slavetrader and lieutenant general who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, according to ABC affiliate WATN-TV.

The monument has become a flashpoint of tension between anti-racism activists, who covered it with anti-racist signs on Saturday, and those who seek to protect the history of the Confederacy.

Gene Andrews, a caretaker for Nathan Bedford Forrest's boyhood home and a participant in the white nationalist rally that took place in Charlottesville last week, told the Tennessean newspaper that tensions over the monuments were building.

"I think people have had enough," Andrews told the paper. "Somewhere there’s going to be a line drawn. And if it’s a war that’s coming, so be it."

Our beloved @tamisawyer and other activists calling on @MayorMemphis remove Confederate statues. #TakeEmDown901

— Broderick Greer (@BroderickGreer) August 16, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia

Hundreds of groups gathered in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday in Atlanta to march against racism and hate, according to ABC affiliate WSB-TV.

The march ended at the tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the affiliate reported.

Hundreds of anti-racism marchers quietly filing into Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. #Charlottesville

— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) August 20, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Anthony Ventura, a 30-year-old man, was arrested after police said he damaged the Confederate statue with a hammer, according to ABC affiliate WRTV.

Laguna Beach, California

In Laguna Beach on Saturday, a group of about 300 demonstrators met for a pre-emptive response to a far-right rally planned for that day, the Los Angeles Times reported. At the rally, participants planned to call attention to victims of crimes committed by immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Thank you to Saturday's rally at Main Beach for staying peaceful while expressing your First Amendment rights. #LagunaBeach

— Laguna Beach Police (@LagunaBeachPD) August 19, 2017

Saturday’s gathering of counterprotesters, which was set up to show solidarity and strength, was officially called “From Charlottesville to Laguna Beach: We Stand Together.” Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman helped organize the event and spoke to the crowd on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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