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Loved Ones Mourn Loss of Ceres Woman Killed in Shooting

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CERES – A woman shot and killed last week was identified on a GoFundMe page where her loved ones are seeking help with funeral costs.

Yessica Mendoza was 29 years old. She was shot Thursday night on the 3900 block of Suncrest Drive in Ceres. She was a young mother of three children.

At about 9:17pm Thursday, police received a call reporting a person shot. The caller reported her husband’s friend had just shot a woman. Authorities also received another phone call indicating the woman had shot herself.

Authorities at the scene said the suspect, identified as 29 year old Daniel Garcia, was staying at the residence where the shooting occurred. They believe Yessica came over to visit at some point in the day.

Arriving officers found the victim down in the grass bleeding from at least one gunshot wound. They began lifesaving measures on the woman and performed CPR until medics arrived. Police officers searched the home to make sure there were no suspects inside and no one else was injured, escorting the occupants out of the house.

Garcia was detained as a person of interest after declining to cooperate with authorities. A small caliber handgun was later located near the victim in the grass.

Garcia was taken to the Ceres Police Department to be interviewed by detectives, and was later booked into the Stanislaus County Safety Center for homicide. Authorities say he and the victim have children together.

The victim was rushed to a hospital by ambulance where she died from her injuries. A GoFundMe account was created to help with funeral costs.

“We weren’t prepared for such a tragedy. We need all the help we can get to give her a proper burial and lay her body to rest”

If you would like to donate, you can do so via GoFundMe by CLICKING HERE.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Investigators Seek Help in Homicide Case

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STOCKTON – Homicide detectives with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office are looking for help in a homicide case that occurred near the 4100 block of East Fremont Street on October 17th, 2020.

Investigators say on October 17th, 25-year-old Alvaro Morales-Yac was shot and killed while inside his vehicle at a gas station.

Detectives say the male suspect appears to be heavyset, with a goatee and Hispanic. They believe the suspect is in his 30’s. The suspect was driving a light metallic sedan at the time of the homicide. Investigators believe the car is a 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Wait at (209) 373-9057.

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Fatal Shooting Investigated on Bystrum Road

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MODESTO – Detectives investigated a shooting that claimed the life of one person Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 11:00pm on Bystrum Road near Lombardo Avenue. Deputies arrived to find a victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. That victim was transported to a hospital for care but later died.

Authorities did not have any available suspect information and said no arrests had been made. Investigators were seeking the victim’s family Tuesday for notification.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Update: Stockton Shooting Claims Teen’s Life

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STOCKTON – A 17 year old boy died from injuries sustained during a shooting Monday morning.

Shortly after 11:30am, officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to a report of gunfire near the 900 block of North Madison Street. While investigating, the victim arrived at an area hospital.

Several blocks in the neighborhood were taped off as a crime scene. Officers used a drone to document evidence, and a surveillance truck was parked in the neighborhood as well.

The teen later died from his injuries. No motive or suspect information was available Monday evening.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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