PICO RIVERA — As Deanne Ariza waited in a sheriff’s station lobby Thursday, her thoughts were on her 5-year-old son, the two years she spent in jail for drug possession, and exactly what she would tell detectives about the murder they claim she took part in. “I just want to clear my name,” she said. “I just want to get it over with. I don’t have nothing to hide. I don’t want to go back to jail.” Ariza’s mother, Diana, and her sister, Janine, waited with her, worried that detectives would want Deanne to confess, afraid that gang members might retaliate if Ariza said too much. “They told me that she just has to come in and say she doesn’t know anything, and that’s it,” Diana Ariza said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But after interviewing Ariza, homicide detectives booked her on suspicion of murder Thursday afternoon. About an hour before Ariza turned herself in to detectives at the Sheriff’s Department’s Pico Rivera Station, her family had contacted a reporter and photographer, asking them to accompany her. Ariza, who lives in Santa Fe Springs, said she wanted to get her side of the story out about what she saw — or didn’t see — in the early morning of Aug. 25 at a 7-Eleven store in Pico Rivera, where 30-year-old Aron Adagio of Downey was gunned down. Ariza said she had only one thing to tell detectives: She didn’t see anything. “We went to get beer,” she told the reporter. “I went back in to get another soda and heard a gunshot. I don’t know what happened.” Homicide detectives had been looking for Ariza and two other people wanted as suspects in connection with Adagio’s killing outside the convenience store. According to detectives, Ariza, Michael Jaimez, also of Santa Fe Springs, and Michael Salinas of Azusa drove to the 7-Eleven in the 9300 block of Slauson Avenue in Ariza’s mother’s white Chevrolet Blazer. After buying a case of Budweiser beer, detectives allege, either Jaimez or Salinas shot Adagio, a videographer and sales representative who had stopped by the store to buy beer. On Wednesday, armed with a search warrant, detectives arrested Salinas, 20, whom they described as a gang member. Investigators were still looking for 25-year-old Jaimez, who also is a gang member, according to deputies. They searched Ariza’s mother’s home Wednesday, but didn’t find Ariza. They then left a message with her mother, asking Deanne to turn herself in. Before she did so, Ariza took care of a few things. She went first to her grandmother’s house in Santa Fe Springs, where her grandmother cooked her some breakfast. Then Ariza, who said she has been living out of her car for years, took a shower and changed clothes. Janine then drove Ariza to Rancho Santa Gertrudes School, where she saw her son before going to the station. Jim Burgum, the boyfriend of Aron Adagio’s mother, was ecstatic to hear that arrests had been made in the case. “For Aron, it was just being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Burgum said. “His mother’s not taking his death very well. She’s devastated. Aron was her life and joy.” Ariza’s family was shocked at her arrest. They said that Ariza did not know anything about the murder. Ariza told the reporter she had no knowledge of what her friends did the morning of the shooting. She said she never saw the victim. She did not even know whether friends had a gun, she said. Ariza was being held at the Pico Rivera Station jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Whittier Court on Monday. Afterward, she’ll be moved to Twin Towers Correctional Facility, detectives said. Ariza said that her life had been like a nightmare since her picture was printed in the newspaper after the murder. “I didn’t see anything,” Ariza said. “I just closed my eyes. But even if I was an eye witness and said so, I could be dead tomorrow.” — Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!