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Gabriel Gaeta: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta has been named as the 17-year-old suspect arrested in the murder and rape of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

King5.com reports Gaeta was arrested Saturday, August 9, in the Bremerton, Washington, trailer park where Wright was last seen alive eight days earlier.

Here’s what we know about Gaeta and his alleged role in this horrific crime.


1. He Faces Life in Prison

Gaeta will be charged as an adult and faces charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape. If convicted he’d face life in prison.

Cops say forensic evidence links him to the crime. KOMO News reports that Gaeta will be charged as an adult in the crime. Due to his age, Gaeta will not face the death penalty. The station further reports a source telling them that Gaeta said he was the only one involved in the crime. KIRO reporter Kevin McCarty tweeted that cops had asked Gaeta for a DNA sample on August 4 but his family refused, saying he was “too upset.”


2. He Attended a Vigil for the Victim

Gaeta reportedly attended a vigil for the slain girl on Friday, one day before his arrest. On the prior Thursday, FBI search dogs discovered Jenise’s body in the woods near the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park. According to reports, investigators believed her body had moved around three hours after her death.

Gabriel Gaeta Pictures: The Photos You Need to See

Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta is accused of killing Jenise Wright in Bremerton, Washington. Wright, 6, was found buried in mud close to her home.

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3. He Knew the Girl’s Family & Lived Nearby

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A friend of Gaeta’s posted this on Facebook as news of the arrest filtered through. (Facebook)

Sources tell King5.com that Gaeta knew the girl’s family and lives “just down the block.” Her body was found “a few hundred feet” from his house. Investigators towed two SUVs and a van from Gaeta home. Jim Wright, Jenise’s father, told the Seattle Times that Gaeta was a “close friend of the family.” Wright added that he had thought Gaeta how to chop firewood for extra money.


4. He Was a Wrestling Star

According to the Northwest Washington Wrestling Club website, Gaeta was the star of their team. In 2012, “Gaeta won an individual state title in the Caset 182lb division.” In the same year, he finished second in the 2012 Greco Roman State Championships in Washington. He also represented Olympic High School in wrestling. His varsity record with the school was 23-10.


5. Wright’s Parents Waited 24 Hours to Report Her Missing

Wright was last seen alive when she went to bed on the night of Saturday, August 2. Strangely, her parents waited about 24 hours before reporting her disappearance, later explaining that she often wandered off and they expected her to return.

Gabriel Gaeta Pictures: The Photos You Need to See

Gabriel Zebediah Gaeta is accused of killing Jenise Wright in Bremerton, Washington. Wright, 6, was found buried in mud close to her home.

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29 comments

    • I agree……….I don’t even let mine play in our fenced yard, without an adult present. I don’t care where you live, its not safe to leave a young child unattended .

      • This neighbor hood looked out for each other I lived in this park in 2007 and the families looked out for each other. You have to understand that Bremerton and the towns around it are very much a military town and this community is very safe you always see kids running all over the neighborhood. It is a small town and the crime rate is Silverdale is very low.

    • I do feel bad for the parent for having to suffer with such grieve. I dont however understand how you can just let your 6 year old wander off like that? And it blows my mind that it is so common that they were use to her not coming home for hours at a time. How do you get up knowing your 6 year old is no where in the house then just go on with your day without franticly looking for her? This is why he chose her as his victim. He knew her parents wouldn’t even look for her until it was too late. That poor sweet soul. May she rest in peace. I hope they are considering Child neglect charges against the parents unfortunately for the little girl they are not innocent in all this.

      • you are absolutely correct , the parents need a good wake up call , so sorry that it had to be an innocent 6 yr old .

    • Whoa…that’s a bit much. Yes – they wholly failed their daughter by waiting 24 hours to report her missing…yes they obviously lack tremendously in parenting skills…but to say they are complicit in her death…that’s horrific. This girl didn’t drown from being unattended. She didn’t die in a hot car. She was horrifically raped & murdered by a sick pathetic waste of human space. And while this may not have been the outcome had they acted sooner…there’s no guarantee that anything would be any different.

      In February of this year a young girl named Hailey Owens died a very similar death. She was abducted in broad daylight with witnesses who immediately called police. That call was made at 4.48pm. They were shockingly able to locate the abductor in less than 4 hours & arrested him on site. Just a few hours later they found her body with a gunshot to the back of the head.

  1. oc says: “I’m uncomfortable with photos, ect. unless he has confessed.”
    well, how and why are you on a page about him titled “facts you need to know”?? of COURSE, it will include “photos, ect.”!

  2. Two sets of crimes occurred here:

    1-The brutal kidnapping/rape/murder of this poor defenseless child
    2-The horrific and CRIMINAL long-term neglect shown both her parents.

    It’s a crying shame how children all too often pay for the sins of their parents. Why in the hell did they have kids if they don’t care to supervise them?

    • Apparently it is not lack of supervision that is a factor in this incident. The girl was last seen when she went to bed on the Saturday night. So her disappearance most likely occurred sometime during the night, when supervision is not really warranted. Not that you shouldn’t look in on your kids; and in that type of community (seemingly placid), who is really expecting trouble in the middle of the night, especially from a boy that is known to the family. So don’t put the parents’ supervisory skills on trial just yet because of the young man’s apparently sick fascination with their daughter.

      • Last SEEN at night!!! Do you even know what you are saying? That means the parents did NOT see her ALL day! She went with breakfast, lunch, dinner and water all that time?!?! Not to mention that this is the norm for them? For THEIR child to take off and no knowledge of where she is?!?!

      • Did you not read the whole story! Apparently the lack of supervision by the parents is a factor. When the parents woke up Sunday morning Jensen was not on her bed or room. I would of reported that right away! But apparently the parents say that she is used to roaming the neighbor and was not concerned until Sunday night when they reported her missing. The parents went a whole day without reporting her missing! What parent in their right mind let’s their child roaming whenever they what?? Obviously they are not in their right mind! They obviously didn’t care what Jenise was doing or where she was at. So how can you say the parents supervision is not a factor? If the parents would of kept the doors locked and taught her to not leave whenever she wanted this beautiful little girl could still be alive!

        • I can understand your frustration but I happen to live in the community where the little girl was murdered Jenise was a free spirited child and we all as a community looked out for Jenise and made sure she went home the simple fact is that Gabe knew the family really well and was best friends with her brother. There was no proof that she physically left the home and could have been abducted by Gaeta. Also she was dead long before the parents could have reported it and you have to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person report.

  3. The parents are just as much at fault for leaving their 6 yr old unsupervised for long periods at a time. Then, to not report their child missing . What kind of parent waits 24 hrs to report a 6 yr old missing.

    • How can you judge so harshly? He’s still a kid himself! Did you ever ask yourself why he would do something like this? He wasn’t born a killer…why did he become one? Think about his family before you say things like you did. They also are losing a son and brother. They’re grieving and your comments don’t help. Shame on you!

      • Bullcrap…. I don’t care what sick thoughts someone has in their mind, they know right from wrong and they know not to KILL someone else, especially not a child. I am sick of people pacifying and trying to analyze sick, evil people. Why not go find a big burly man who will rape and kill him, or inflict on him pain and suffering? Oh no, sick people only know how to hurt others but not themselves right? Give him the death penalty, study his brain to figure out why he did what he did afterwards…

  4. I think it is significant that the girls sister had reported the step-father for sexual abuse and later recanted, It was said that if the step-father was put in jail the mother would have no source of income. Now the other daughter has been raped and killed? Does the accused have any record?? The behavior of the oldest boy in the family of the victim has some anti-social behaviors.. When on the witch hunt folks. make sure you have the right witch. The media and authorities do a LOT of filtering of the information you get.

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