Three charged in brutal murder of Detroit firefighter at his home

Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.
Detroit firefighter David Madrigal was found murdered in his house.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Three people were charged Friday in connection with the brutal murder of Detroit firefighter David Madrigal.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Madrigal, 59, was beaten and robbed at his west-side Detroit home on the 7600 block of Vaughn on Dec. 19.

Worthy filed murder charges against Timmy Lynn Soto, 32, of Detroit; Nicole Oneill, 33, of Detroit; and Christian Rasnick, 19, of Trenton. They also were charged with armed robbery, larceny in a building and arson.

Shortly after Madrigal was murdered, his car was set on fire in an alley near 3800 Bangor at 6:58 p.m.

A family member found Madrigal dead on a chair on Dec. 21.

He died of blunt force trauma to the head.

“It is very sad that a 26-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department was murdered,” Worthy said. “We are glad to report that because of the tireless work of DPD homicide officers we are able to issue charges today.

Madrigal was planning to retire this year to enjoy his life as a grandfather. He frequently helped struggling families and homeless people.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.