CERES – A 17 year old boy was charged in the January murder of Miguel Angel Peña of Ceres, who was shot at Strawberry Fields Park and died days later at a hospital.
“I have questions of why,” Fabiola said. Her family could not make any sense of why anyone would do something like this to her brother Sebastián as he was known by his loved ones.
“I think we were full of frustration,” she added. “We have no answers and we wanted to know what was going on.”
Sebastián’s loss is a further blow to her family since the loss of her mother Lupita, who passed away only a couple months prior from cancer. The loss of both of their loved ones have left her relatives in deep depression and uncontrollable anxiety.
“He didn’t just hurt someone,” Fabiola said of the accused. “He hurt a whole family, friends and others.”
Fabiola described her brother as hard working and family oriented. Often working throughout the day with her father or brother. Together they worked in landscaping yards, power washing, or construction jobs.
“What I’m going to miss the most is his caringness,” Fabiola said of her brother. “He always did more for everyone else than he did for himself, and he would always put other people before himself.”
Fabiola said her family has found peace in the thought that her brother and mother are together, and that her family is now focusing on finding justice for Sebastián. They understand the road is long with an expected court case, and are looking forward to being advocates for her brother.
“Me and my other four siblings will speak on behalf of Sebastián, and make sure he gets the justice that he deserves.”
Asuzena Peña, another of Sebastián’s sisters, added that they are glad the suspect turned himself in, but are looking forward to justice being served.
She said her family won’t be satisfied and won’t rest “Until he is trialed and imprisoned for life.” They don’t want another killing they described as ruthless and without thinking.
One day at a time, one step at a time is how the Peña family describes how they will proceed. Through family and through their faith.
“God’s timing is perfect,” Fabiola explained. “It was about to be three months since this happened, and we got a sign. Hopefully this helps, and everything moves faster.”
The arrest happened Wednesday, according to a press release by the Ceres Police Department. The suspect, who according to authorities turned himself in, was booked into Juvenile Hall and faces charges including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery.
Because he is only 17, the suspect’s identity was not released. Police did say he was from Modesto, however and that the investigation is ongoing.
The shooting originally occurred on January 11th near the area of Malik Avenue and Hackett Road. Sebastián was struck by gunfire along with another passenger he was with in a vehicle. The bullets were fired from a passing car, and struck several neighboring homes. A second round of gunshots were fired as the vehicle drove off. The incident was captured on several home surveillance cameras.
Sebastián was taken home and dropped off by those he was with. He was found by his loved ones, suffering from his injuries in the front yard. Police and medics responded and he was taken to a hospital where he fought for his life, but he died a few days later.
The incident has left Sebastián’s family shattered, a feeling that his sister Fabiola described Thursday afternoon after receiving word that someone was finally being held accountable.
Sebastián was 18 when his life was taken. He is survived by his father Javier, and siblings Javier Jr, Goretty, Jonathan, Asuzena and Fabiola.
Man Killed in Gateway Court Shooting
STOCKTON – Police investigated a fatal shooting on Gateway Court early Saturday morning.
Shortly after 1:00am, police responded to the area for a report of a person shot. They found a 25 year old man who was shot several times.
Medics responded to provide care for the victim, but he died from his injuries. Detectives responded to investigate the case however no further details were provided.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
Fatal Tesla Crash Investigated in Modesto
MODESTO – A fatal collision involving a Tesla vehicle closed down Pelandale Avenue early Saturday morning.
The crash happened shortly after midnight near the intersection of Pelandale Avenue and Carver Road. Police said the eastbound Tesla Model Y struck a corner lightpole, claiming the life of the driver. The passenger, a man from Fresno, suffered moderate injuries.
The Tesla was the only involved vehicle in the collision, police said.
Officers with the Modesto Police Traffic Safety Unit responded to investigate the collision. Pelandale Avenue was closed for the duration of the investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is encouraged to contact Officer Beverson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Homicide Investigated on Anne Street
STOCKTON – Authorities investigated a fatal shooting late Saturday morning in a South Stockton neighborhood.
Shortly before noon, officers responded to the area of Anne and Tenth Streets for a report of a person shot. Arriving officers found a 40 year old man who had been shot. Medical personnel pronounced the victim deceased.
Detectives took over the investigation, and no suspect information was available Saturday.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Police at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.
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