CERES – Authorities identified 18-year-old Miguel Peña of Ceres, known as Sebastián to his family, as the homicide victim from Monday.
Sebastián was a passenger of a vehicle with two other occupants on Malik Drive near Strawberry Fields Park Monday night, when another vehicle drove by and opened fire. Sebastián was struck several times, another occupant was struck in the arm.
Just two months before his death, Sebastián had lost his mother after a hard fought battle with cancer.
“Two months ago we suffered the great loss of my mother, who fought tirelessly with cancer and sadly lost the battle. Today my family is in mourning again after the loss of my younger brother Miguel Ángel Sebastián Peña,” said Fabiola Peña, one of Sebastián’s older sisters in a GoFundMe fundraiser.
Police say Sebastián underwent surgery but passed away a few days after the shooting. Peña says her family is left with enormous pain and emptiness.
“With heart in hand we ask you to help us with whatever you can; either financially or with your prayers. Family and friends, the Peña family. We need you more than ever.”
Anyone who would like to help the Peña family can do so by CLICKING HERE.
The Ceres Police Department is continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information or surveillance video to contact Officer Brian Petersen at (209) 538-5627. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or 1-866-602-7463.
Passengers Walk Away From Plane Crash in Lodi
LODI – Two passengers of an airplane that crashed during a training flight walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received calls to their dispatch center at about 12:30pm reporting the plane crash. The incident happened near the 16000 block of North Fox Road in Lodi.
Authorities said a Cessna 150 with two occupants took off from Lodi Wednesday morning and were headed to the Linden area for training. At about 3,000 feet the plane began experiencing mechanical issues, resulting in a hard landing.
Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
High School Teacher Arrested
MODESTO – A high school teacher was arrested Monday after a police investigation revealed he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Patrick Mester was charged with annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was arrested by Modesto Police Special Victims Unit Detectives.
Mester was employed with the Modesto City Schools District since the 2003-2004 school year. He taught music and band at Enochs High School since the 2007-2008 school year.
Mester’s ability to visit school grounds and have contact with students was revoked by the district, authorities said.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Garza at email@example.com or (209) 572-9564.
Police Investigate Early Evening Shooting
STOCKTON – Two victims with gunshot wounds arrived at a local hospital early Monday evening prompting an investigation.
At about 7:30pm, authorities received a report of gunfire on the 300 block of East Oak Street, between North San Joaquin and North Sutter Streets. Early indications suggest the victims arrived by private vehicle at a hospital.
Shortly before 8:00pm, a report was made of another victim arriving at a hospital.
Police responded to the area to gather evidence and investigate. No further details were available at time of publication.
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