Acting Captain Jeff Lui addresses the press regarding the arrests of two suspects in the
triple shooting that took place in East Palo Alto on Sunday, June 5, 2011. Standing behind
him from left to right is East Palo Alto's Mayor, Carlos Romero; partially visible is East Palo
Alto's Chief of Police, Ron Davis and in the blue shirt is East Palo Alto Detective Matafanua
Lualemaga. Seated at the table is Ivonne Garcia Lopez, who is surrounded by Angie Garcia
standing to her right and another family member standing to her left. The identities of the
others in the photo are unknown.
The East Palo Alto Police arrested two teenagers for the triple shooting that led to the death of Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia, the three-month old infant who was shot to death early Sunday morning, as he, his parents and his four year old brother left a baby shower in East Palo Alto.
One of the arrested teenagers, a 17 year old, is charged with the infant’s murder, while the second teenager, a 16 year old, is being held on a weapons charge.
At a news conference held Monday, June 6, East Palo Alto’s Chief of Police Ron Davis and Acting Captain Jeff Liu, credited the many tips that were received from the community for the two arrests. They said that the police worked around the clock, since the shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, acting on tips that came from voice mails, text tips, emails and witnesses who talked with them directly.
It was through these tips that the East Palo Alto police released two composite sketches of the suspects that Davis said were an exact match to the two teenagers, who were arrested.
The family involved in the shooting consisted of the mother, Ivonne Garcia Lopez, the father, Oscar Jimenez and their two children, a four year old son and their murdered infant Izack, who would have turned four months old on June 12.
In speaking at the news conference about the Sunday morning attack that killed her son and left her husband and herself wounded, Garcia Lopez tearfully described her infant son as her angel. “He was my everything,” she said. “I was making my own little family with my husband and my children. I’m so devastated. I have another kid. He is four years old. He is traumatized. We’re all traumatized.”
Garcia Lopez went on to urge parents to be involved with their children. “They should give them love,” she said. “They should give them attention…. They should be in school learning, preparing to be someone not killing three month olds.”
When asked about a motive for the shooting, Liu said that the shooting was an apparent case of mistaken identity and was carried out in retaliation for the beating that one of the suspects received in Redwood City, when he was involved in a gang fight.
Lui said that one of the suspects saw the family in East Palo Alto and thought that he recognized the father as one of the opposing gang members he fought with the week before in Redwood City.
East Palo Alto's Mayor, Carlos Romero, praised the police for their quick and diligent work in making arrests in the case so quickly. Both he and Davis said that the shooting, which occurred, was not something the East Palo Alto community could tolerate.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, the City of East Palo Alto, through its City Manager, ML Gordon, who was present at the briefing, offered a $25,000 reward for any information that led to the arrest and conviction of the shooters. Even with two suspects in custody, the reward is still available. Davis said, ”We still need all of the tips that the community can provide. We are still looking for all who will be held accountable.”
At the end of the press briefing, Angie Garcia, a family relative, thanked the East Palo Alto community for providing tips to the police and “breaking the silence” which generally prevents many criminal arrests from being made in the city.
It is now up to the district attorney’s office to decide how the charges against the suspects will be prosecuted.
The East Palo Alto Police are still asking for anyone who might have witnessed the shooting or has any information regarding the crime to contact them by:
Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending a text message from a cell phone to: 650-409-6792 or by
Leaving an anonymous voice mail at the same phone number.
An account has been set up at the Wells Fargo Bank for
Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia for those who would like to donate
money to assist the family with funeral expenses. Anyone who would like to donate needs to give the memorial fund account number #6836571460. This account number is needed to make contributions towards the memorial fund. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch nationwide.
Funeral arrangements: The family would like to invite the public to the service scheduled on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at the Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, located at 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061. A service is scheduled between 5:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. The actual funeral service will be held on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Parish at 3500 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, CA.
This article was updated Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
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East Palo Alto Today article: Three-month old baby shot and killed in triple shooting, June 5, 2011.
Updated Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 8 p.m.