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Vigil Held for Fire Victims

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MODESTO – A vigil was held in front of a home where two residents lost their lives in a fire Wednesday morning and three others were injured.

At least a couple hundred people attended the vigil, where those who knew the victims placed flowers, candles and balloons at the home where a fire consumed a home Wednesday morning. Some played music while others prayed.

Maria Elena Cabrera and her son Marcos Garcia died in the fire. Witnesses reported Cabrera ran back into the home during the fire after her son didn’t exit. Cabrera’s husband and two younger children managed to escape. Two of them were airlifted by helicopter to burn centers, the third was treated on scene by medical personnel. (Our previous article incorrectly reported three children were injured in the fire. The correct information is two children and one adult.)

The fire happened shortly after 7:00am on El Sereno Street in the Rancho Encantado neighborhood in South Modesto. Fire crews found heavy fire and smoke conditions on arrival, and upon learning about trapped residents requested a second alarm for more resources. Rescue strategies were executed, using ladders and making entry through windows.

Ammunition found in the home along with aerosol containers complicated the situation for fire crews trying to bring the situation under control according to Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst.

Investigators with the Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus Regional Fire Investigations Unit and other agencies were on scene examining the home well into Wednesday afternoon. Early reports indicated several callers reported fireworks going off around the time of the fire, but that has yet to be determined.

Those in attendance Wednesday said Marcos was a car detailer and was well liked by the neighbors. The family was described as hard working. Videos posted to Marcos’ instagram account the evening before showed his skills and attention to detail while cleaning the interior of a customer’s vehicle.

Several fundraiser accounts were established to aid the victims for their needs. Those interested in supporting can visit the following links for more information.

Ayuda para la familia de Malena Cabrera

The Garcia Family

Malena Cabrera y Marcos Garcia

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Police Investigate Shooting

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STOCKTON – At least one person was wounded during a shooting Monday night.

The shooting happened shortly after 8:20pm. Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Pine Street and found one person with a gunshot wound. Medical personnel were called to take the victim to a hospital. Their condition was unknown at time of publication.

A second person in the area of the shooting was also transported to a hospital with unknown injuries. Early reports indicate some type of laceration.

The suspect reportedly fled in a vehicle prior to police arriving.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Injures Two While Sitting in Car

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STOCKTON – Two people were shot as they sat in a vehicle Saturday night, sending both to a hospital.

The incident happened at about 8:00pm near the 8600 block of Lower Sacramento Road. The victims, identified as a 30 year old man and a 28 year old woman, were sitting in a car at a shopping center when two suspects approached on foot. One had a gun and opened fire several times. The suspects then both ran off.

The victims were found in the vehicle by police near the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Ponce De Leon Avenue. They were rushed to a hospital and were both listed as stable Sunday morning.

There was no suspect description other than male adults.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Early Morning Homicide Investigated

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STOCKTON – Authorities investigated an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a man Sunday.

Police officers were dispatched to the area of Funston Avenue and Bradford Street shortly before 5:30am Sunday for a report of a person who was shot. Arriving emergency personnel found a 42 year old man who was shot. Life saving measures were performed but the victim died at the scene.

The area was closed off with crime scene tape. Detectives responded to examine the area for evidence in the case. A vehicle with damaged windows was examined by authorities near where the victim was located.

There was no motive or suspect information available Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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