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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:00 am

The man accused of shooting a 17-year-old Midland Lee student surrendered Thursday afternoon to the U.S. Marshals.

Phillip Maxwell, deputy supervisor with the marshals, said Steven Ceasar Uresti’s family, whom marshals had been in contact with, called the marshals at about 3:15 p.m. and said Uresti was willing to surrender himself.

The officers arrived at an apartment in north Midland at about 3:25 p.m. to take him into custody, Maxwell said.

Uresti is charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Martin Blea Jr. on Saturday at the Pussycat Lounge, 101 Solo Road. Blea was shot once in the head and died at Medical Center Hospital from the wound.

“When we talk to the family members, we’re very adamant that we don’t want anyone else to get hurt here,” Maxwell said.

Uresti’s family not only was concerned about his safety, Maxwell said, but about the incident and the victim’s family.

According to the arrest affidavit, the fight started over a woman, who was identified in Blea’s death notice with the Midland Reporter-Telegram as his sister.

Uresti then fired several shots into a crowd, but Blea was the only person shot, according to the affidavit.

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