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Young man shot to death in East Palo Alto

Original post made on Jul 22, 2009

A shooting in East Palo Alto left an 18-year-old city resident dead and police scrambling for clues Wednesday afternoon. East Palo Alto police responded to reports of shots fired at Bay Road and Laurel Avenue about 12:38 p.m. and arrived to find several people closely huddled around a man bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds and lying motionless on the ground, East Palo Alto Police Capt. Carl Estelle said.

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Posted by Justice E
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm

You know this is very sad. For this young man to have his life end so horribly. Sadly to say this won't be the end of this. People are feed up and looking for retaliations desperately. I wish the African Americans from the Mid and The Vill, realize that playing tat for tat is childish. Instead of this being a game it's not. People are dying too fast too soon. We are all hurting from loosing either of the men killed in this inner city beef. Paris is not the first, but he was a very special person. My heart goes out to everyone. My advice would be to just, do the right thing. Think about what Dr. King would say or do, not what your dead homies would do. Rest In Paridise King Paris


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Posted by Someone
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:24 am

I knew him from school (M-A, Carlmont, then Redwood)...He was a good kid, everytime I see him at Redwood High School he was in class just doing his work. We wern't close No, but I seen him everyday at school, which makes me feel confused and hurt by what happened to him.


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Posted by EK
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:01 am

I noticed that you "lifted" the name of the young man who was killed from the Mercury News Web site without attribution. Can you explain the ethics of that?


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Posted by COLLEGE KID
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2009 at 4:37 am

ROGUE IN PEACE TO MY LITTLLE COUSIN PARIS,


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Posted by Heavenly Angel
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:04 am

When I heard about this, my immediate response was to pray. These are senseless killings going on in East Palo Alto. The majority of the young African Americans that are murdering one another, parents grew up together. Unfortunately, this isn't the end of the retaliation but prayerfully this will end soon.

My prayers and thoughts are with the family....


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Posted by No one
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:20 am

May the lord bless this family.


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Posted by I love EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

I'm a lifelong resident of East Palo Alto. I've known several of the youth murdered in the past few years. Everyone says "this has got to stop" but what really are we willing to do?
More cops is not the solution. Chief Davis is doing a good job, but all the police in the world cannot stop us from hating ourselves so much that we are moved to commit murder. The problem is much deeper than the police.
As a community, we have to commit the time and resources neccessary to give people every opportunity, so that murder is not an option. I don't know who killed this promising young man, but they have no idea what they deprived the world of. I knew him to be energetic, charismatic, intelligent and thoughtful. Who knows what he would have become.
I am deeply saddened by this loss, and my prayers are with his family.


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Posted by MR.IRONIC
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

Dam mayne not again mayne RIP rogue. "Young brothas gotta get it together, young brothas gotta get it together"-mac mall


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Posted by ana
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2009 at 11:23 am

omg my cusin i love u so much ...


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Posted by ....
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This is sooo sad...it hurts my heart to see the youth of east palo alto killing EACHOTHER it truely makes no sense to me and for what? Who are these people to take someone elses life? I went to elementary school with paris and met many of the other fallen yOuth of east palo alto and it isn't fair. May God please bless the streets and families of east palo alto and those suffering from the losses.


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Posted by Erica
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I love you cousin, FOREVER! RIP

-your big cousin


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Posted by Auntie Gwen
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm

This is my maternal nephew. We love you Paris soooo much. Even worse, we just buried my brother, Paris's Uncle Curtis, on Thursday in Bakersfield. Paris was a pall-bearer for the funeral. He is the first-born of my baby sister. He always had his own Cheesecake from Nation's at all family functions --- of course courtesy of Grandma! RIP Lil Nephew. You were special when you were born and special throughout your young life! You always made us smile. WE WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU! It hurts sooooo much but the Lord has you now - and now you are safe. I love you Paris.
Love Auntie Gwen.


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Posted by Shannon
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I love you big cousin 4ever. I'll never forget you. R.I.P. But we know your with god now and no one can take you from him.
-¢¾You little cousin Shannon


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Posted by teacher
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I knew Paris as a student and remember his huge smile and the way he walked into class. He wanted to be something one day and seemed driven to get his diploma and rule the world. He had an infectious way about him that made you just want to laugh! He will be missed forever!


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Posted by Local gurl
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Want to DO something about this?

"Anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting is encouraged to call the anonymous witness line at 800-547-2700."

Be a man. Make a call. It's the only way.


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Posted by riahh
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Paris always made meeh lauqh.always made meeh smile.iit hurts to lose him.ii can't quite qet whyy theyy wantd to take his life but theyy did.ii wish heeh was still here with us.iits not qon beeh thee same widd out you.miss you so much.you will never beeh forqotten


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Posted by A friend
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Paris always made me laugh. Just the way he would tell a story even made me laugh. He was a good guy and had good intentions. I wish I could just get one more call from him. Rest in peace. Dont worry everyone gets there karma sooner or later


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Posted by anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:15 pm

hate to say it, but EPA, particularly that neighborhood looked at on the map is a small place. i would have to guess that there are an overwhelming number of criminals in order for most of the people to put up with this constant crime and violence.

if you live in his area, don't you know who are the bad guys, and where are the bad locations?

I am just trying to think of how to solve this problem?

Why would anyone think it is necessary to shoot someone, especially just a kid. The idea that there are these inhuman zombie morons walking armed among us makes me really angry. There ought to be some way to figure out who the bad guys are?


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Posted by Are you guys for real?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:51 pm

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Posted by boogie
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

i will always love u and always miss u...... i use 2 love it when we dance together wit my ana and yo bro but i didnt get 2 say good bye........ r.i.p 2 my big cousin paris.......


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Posted by heaven
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 12:11 am

I didnt really know him like that, but it sadens me to see young african americans kiling one another. As long as our ancestors fought for our freedom n to be freed from the white man, slavery n such..now here we are killing each other. This makes absolutly no sense at all and instead of us killin wats left of us we need to get togther and embrace one another. I cant understand how someone can take a life so heartlessly, someones child?. East palo alto is such a small city filled with such filth! Instaed of proving the white man RIGHT! we need to stop the ignorance and violence and prove them that we can be civil and have some kind of sense!!!
RIP PARIS MEACHAM...SLEEP WITH THE ANGLES NOW!!!


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Why was Are You Guys for Real's post removed? Because he ventured the opinion that Paris was involved in illegal activity?

Maybe this is the time to remind folks that the majority of the murder victims in EPA are criminals themselves.


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Posted by Bob Janders
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2009 at 5:01 pm

REST IN PEACE PARIS...STAY UP CUHZ..WE'LL SEE U AGAIN..


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Posted by A local educator
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I too am saddened by the senseless loss of Paris. He was a crack up, very bright and very loving. I know he would have grown up and made a positive difference in his community. Instead, his family will have grief and sadness. I hope no other family has to feel the same pain for the same senseless reason.

Life is a precious, precious gift and it should be treated as that.

I pray for strength for Paris's family and I pray that our community can come together in support of each other.

Paris, I am sorry you have left us so young and too soon. Smile on your family and send them strength.


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Posted by Gods Angel
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

It's always sad to hear of another death here in EPA. I didn't know this young man but my heart do go out to his mother because she carried this young man for nine months, gave him life made it possible for him to come into to this world she feed him, bath and clothed him she raised him taught him but mainly she loved him.. and somebody with out a heart just take all that away from his mother in one two three four shots..... and didn't even think about how she would feel.... or his family.... I hate the violence thats going on around the town... IT NEED TO STOP.... I feel so sorry for these young girls out there because all your mates are gonna be dead... But now I don't know what life style this man was in if it was something then everybody must pay the piper as they say.... But like I said it wasn't fair for someone out there to just take his life.... I guess we have alot of people playing God these days.... lets get it together EPA... when its all said and done who ever did this there day is to come because what you do to others will be done to you and much worse.... to the family my prayers are with you stay up and know that everything will be alright.... God is always in control... and as for all those who want pay back for this LET IT GO... its not worth it... and for the ones who did this GOD has his eye on you. your never get away maybe for now but your time is to come.... GOd bless


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Posted by a friend
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:13 pm

frankly if any one is involved in any illegal activity it does not give anyone the right to take their life. It saddens me because all of our young men are being killed and now the next generation will not be able to carry their last name. Most of the men in East Palo Alto do not have father figures and the streets is all they know. It's a dog eat dog world and regardless of how a man eat they will eat. now, I'm not saying the behavior is exceptional because it isn't, but if the men in east palo alto had the chance to fit into our "american way", then maybe we would not have deaths. You need money so maybe they are selling drugs, and killing one another behind it. Maybe some people are simply jealous and feel they have points to prove. However and Whatever the situation, people should not assume that Paris had something to do with illegal things.My uncle was also murdered the day of his daughter graduation from college, in cold blood. To this day I did not know what my uncle was involved in, even if he was involved in anything at all. All I know is God have mercy on any killers soul. He is the one to judge every individual. i remember Paris from summer school at Carlmont, he was a huge flirt. lol, and he always had a thing for older women. He was a cool person and did not deserve to die. I wish the family the best of my luck because i know the feeling of having to burry your own son,brother or uncle. And to his sisters, take is easy, and love you guys :-)


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Posted by Cousin Barry
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2009 at 1:23 am

Paris was a nice young man. Whenever he came to visit us in Southern California, he was always smiling, because of the joy he felt from seeing his relatives. When people smile, it shows the strength of love. I think it's sad, when a man can't rest in peace, because of the inhumane comments made by the underdogs. If those people had taken the time to venture deep into Paris' soul, maybe they would have realized that they misunderstood just who Paris was. Rest in peace Paris. And go ahead and smile down on those underdogs, because your new life is much better than theirs.

Always, your cousin Barry


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Posted by Lena
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2009 at 8:31 am

I wish people would put their pride away, and say who it was! This is getting way out of hand. East Palo Alto is way to little to not know who car that was! How would you feel if someone murdered your child in broad daylight, and no one wanted to come forward? Really how would you feel??? How could you live the rest of your life knowing who it was, and that you could help give closer to Paris's parents. He just turned 18 two days before. He wasn't able to live his life yet. He will never be able to go to college, get married, and have children all because someone was tryin to prove something!! This aint about being a snitch, it's become much bigger than that!!
The GREATEST revenge for murder is making them rot, and suffer the rest of their life in prison!!!

R.I.P. Paris AKA LIL FLIRT
thanks for your random calls it put a smile on my face when I was sad.


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Posted by 12243543
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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Posted by To Editors
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Dear Editors,

Does the above post, by 12243543 seem to be info that should be passed on to EPA PD? It could be just a joke, or it could be real info.


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Posted by Just an old friend
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I remember Paris as being the type of guy that would always make me laugh, I went to middle school in Charter with him. When I found out about the terrible news that he was killed, all those memories came back rushing to my mind. I remember him letting me borrow his poofy GAP jacket, blue and orange in the inside. I also remember him as being a big flirt and him being the first to give me a kiss. It is really unfortune that someone like Paris was taken away from us. My prayers go out to him and his family.

Rest In Paradise Paris!


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Posted by 12243543
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm

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Posted by NECOLE JOHNSON
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2009 at 6:27 am

Yvette and Ronny,
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Paris. My prayers go out to your entire family. May God bless you with the strength to get through this.
Paris will never be forgotten!
Rest in Peace Paris......
~ Necole Johnson


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Posted by MARCHELLA & RINTHY
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 27, 2009 at 6:57 pm

OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE MEACHAM FAMILY...RONNIE STAY STRONG I KNOW IT'S NOT EASY


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Posted by Andrea Johnson
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I'm very sad to hear about Paris. My deepest condolences goes out to Ronnie and Yvette. I have known Yvette for years. I was by her side when she had Paris. Even then as a newborn, that smile you could never forget. There are too many young people in this world that are taken away at such a early age. What happend to Paris, should have never been. Why are the kids these days killing their own, I dont think in my lifetime will there be an answer for that. This really needs to end, there are too many things young people can be doing, instead of riding up and down streets because they are bored! Well we all heard it on Jan. 20th of this year...CHANGE NEEDS TO HAPPEN!!!! REST IN PEACE SWEET ANGEL....


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Posted by So what was he into?
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 28, 2009 at 2:52 pm

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Then there was shooting by Clarke/Bay last week, then the arrest of the other 2 Taliban members, and beforehand, the carjacking the Taliban guys were wanted for. Sounds like a whole nexus of events. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by bandanna
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

man when I heard about paris I felt sad and disappointed. Last time time i actually hung out with him was when me and his family went camping. I remember him always smiling .....man
god bless.

Rest in Peace.


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Posted by Quiet C
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:52 am

Live by the gun,Die by the gun...

RIP Michael Booker...


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Posted by Quiet C
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 3, 2009 at 11:59 am

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Posted by cynnthia and alondra
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 2, 2009 at 10:50 am

R.I.P paris when we heard about your death we broke down thinking back to all the memories we have had from just thiss summer how you would always have us laughing. One thing everyone is Right about you did have the biggest nicest Smile i had ever Since you were Special to us since you came into our life you Will always be one of those persons who deff is here to stay I will always remmember you and carry u in my heart with me Until we meet Once again baby we LOve you


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Posted by your lil cosin NIQUE
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 2, 2009 at 4:03 pm

mahh bigg cosin will macc in peace;;tahh all yahh haterss Paris was real real not fake;we gne clap all yo haters nd fake pple that we thought nd yu thought was mob'n fah yu we love yu cosin;we'll be there soon bruhh...


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Posted by RiCKNiSHA LEViNGSTON
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

i LOVE UE PARIS
UE A BESTFREND NEVA FORGOTTEN
WE MISSEN UE
LOVE UE
AND I MISS UE
CANT WAIT TO SEE UE AGAIN
WE ALL GONE GET BACK TOGETHER
LOVE UE BESTiE


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Posted by cece
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 3, 2010 at 4:16 am

i love you paris and i.m a always keep u in my mind i.m never gana for get dem nights we had together i cant wait to see u again u always gonna be in my heart for ever may u R.I.P


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Posted by RICKNISHA LEVINGSTON
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

LOVE UE PARiS .
WE MiSS YOU BOY.
CANT WAiT TO SEE YOU AGiAN
REAL TALK . !


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Posted by Kresha!
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

MISSSSSSSSSEEEEEEENNNNNNNNN PPPPAARRRIIIIISSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Alyse Meacham
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

I dont like how people are trying to convince people that ma brother is a killer or whatever they tryna say. Ma brother isnt a killer and i know him very well. Just cus he was in taliban doesnt mean he was a killer. There's alot of people in taliban and they arent killers. Ma Brother was filled with anger because his beastfriend John had passed away a few years ago. Whatever taliban does doesnt mean Paris did. He's not a follower he's a leader. I see he still has haters because you guys are mad that people are showing respect to ma family. I dont care who from taliban or from the mid are wanted because people from the vill are just as bad. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Rest In Peace Bubba. I Love You Brother And Im Going To Defend You Til The End'


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