Brother of Naval Academy grad found dead in Mission Valley arrrested on suspicion of murder

Jonathan Tenorio found dead in Mission Valley apt.

SAN DIEGO - The brother of a recent U.S. Naval Academy graduate whose body was found inside a Mission Valley apartment was arrested by police in connection to the murder.

Twenty-five year old Jonathan Tenorio, was found dead inside an apartment in the 700 block of Camino de la Reina at about 6:20 a.m. Sunday.

About 10 hours after police responded to the scene, officers arrested his 21-year-old brother, Zachary, on suspicion of murder.

Police said Zachary was the one who called and reported finding his brother deceased. 

San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran confirmed to 10News that Tenorio was stabbed once in the upper body.

"The initial indication from the Medical Examiner's Office was that he did suffer a stab wound to the upper chest, which resulted in his death," Duran said. He also told 10News that a weapon was recovered from the scene

Family members said Tenorio, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was an ensign stationed on the USS Bunker Hill in San Diego.

Cdr. Tamsen Reese, who is with the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, released the following statement to 10News:

"The Navy family is greatly saddened by the loss of our Sailor and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and shipmates… The Navy is fully cooperating with the San Diego police in their investigation."

Tenorio's father, Joe, made his way to San Diego from the family's home in Guam to meet with investigators. 

Joe spoke to a 10News affiliate  in Guam about his phone call from San Diego police Sunday morning.

Joe did not say much about the investigation, but talked about Jonathan and his family.

"[Jonathan's] a very respectful man, all of my boys are, all respectful, you can ask anyone that knows Jonathan, the type of person he is and he's very respectful, we're very, very close, tight-knit family.

It was unclear if the father, Joe, was aware of Zachary's arrest when he made his statement.

Zachary was booked into San Diego County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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