Body in Redwood City pool identified as Palo Altan Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm
A body found in a covered city swimming pool in Redwood City Thursday has been identified as a 21-year-old Palo Alto man, Gabriel Contreras. His body was discovered by a maintenance worker checking out neighbor complaints of a bad smell in the area.
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Posted by Coincidence?, a resident of another community, on Nov 9, 2009 at 10:35 am
The first name of the victim and his age and the fact that he was "found" in RWC remind me of another 21 year old Gabriel that was reported missing on October 9th(ish). I remember seeing "missing" flyers for him in RWC...saying this young man may be disoriented....
Hope this case answers a lot of questions! RIP Gabriel.
Posted by Dr. Enrique Moreno, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm
Staff at the Newspapers should know the system of Spanish names and last names. In Spanish, a person is formally identified by means of both a paternal last name AND a maternal maiden name. Thus, Gabriel's last name (what English speakers expect to be his paternal last name) was "Estrada" not "Contreras," which was his mother's maiden name.
Posted by Miguel Angel Contreras, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Gabriel Estrada Contreras is my cousin and i said is becouse he still lives in my heart he was like a brother to me like hes sisters and brothers i miss him alot i know for sure that hes in a better place miss you cousin and 1 day will see each other. your cousin Miguel A. Contreras youll be missed.