Tatum Goodwin case: Man arrested for murder after 27-year-old woman found dead in Laguna Beach alley

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — A man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder in the death of a 27-year-old woman in Laguna Beach, police said.

Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, was taken into custody in Laguna Hills after the body of Tatum Goodwin was found by a construction worker Sunday morning near the 200 block of Ocean Avenue, according to the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Friends said Goodwin’s body was found in an alley in a construction zone behind Carmelita’s Restaurant, where she worked. They added that Goodwin had been out for a night of drinks after her shift at work ended Saturday night.

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The body of a 27-year-old woman was found in an alley near the Laguna Beach restaurant where she worked, according to friends.

Police said the arrest came after detectives gathered enough information and evidence to identify a suspect.

“Detectives determined this was an isolated incident and there is no further threat to the community,” police said in a news release.

Bail for Rojas-Moreno was set at $1 million. Newport Beach and Anaheim police assisted in the arrest.

It’s unclear if the suspect knew the victim.

Earlier Wednesday, dozens of people gathered at the edge of the San Clemente Pier in the rain to mourn Goodwin’s loss in her hometown.

Loved ones held each other tightly as they shared memories of her.

“I’m sorry I wasn’t there to protect her, that she didn’t deserve this,” Goodwin’s sister Kaylee Goodwin Pitino said as she fought back tears.

“She was alone fighting for her life,” added Stacy Goodwin Pitino, the victim’s mother.

Friends at the vigil raised flowers in the air and later threw them in the ocean to honor Goodwin’s memory.

A GoFundMe set up by the restaurant has already raised more than $24,000 to help her family.

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