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Man, 23, killed in East Palo Alto shooting

Jabari Banford pronounced dead at scene following evening attack

Reports of gunfire led police to an East Palo Alto man who was shot and killed Monday night, police said.

Officers responded to the 2500 block of Illinois Avenue around 8:45 p.m. and found 23-year-old Jabari Banford lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, East Palo Alto police said.

Paramedics attempted to treat Banford, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Investigators believe that Banford was standing on the sidewalk and talking to someone in a vehicle when a white-colored sedan approached and stopped behind the other car, police said.

The suspect left the car, walked toward Banford and shot him in the torso several times before fleeing in the sedan, police said.

Detectives could not immediately provide any further details about the suspect.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact East Palo Alto police by calling or sending a text message to the anonymous tip line at 650-409-6792. Anonymous tips can also be sent by email to epa@tipnow.org.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

Dam Rip only 23.

Im surprised since it seems like there are at least 20 more cop cars roaming EPA since that gang crackdown meeting at the 4 seasons. Summer is always like this tho. Sad but true.


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Posted by doris
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

Where does this end. I am very upset with the system in East Palo Alto, when a known hot spot or highly infested drug area is known to the City of East Palo Alto, heads just seem to turn and this is what is meant when the phrase or term used "it will take care of itself. Us as responsible parents and citizens of EPA should step in and just shut the area down, before it gets started. And I do mean before, not after the fact, cause then it's too late. Why can't we or the police task force go straight to the area and just say break it up or move along! This reaction is very simple and I know it works, I have lived in S.F. in the Army Streets projects and seen a whole lot worser than shooting, after seeing bodies thrown off the 12th floor, stripped in the elevator's, should I go on....Let's stop it now! Enough is enough we have our babies to think about. I need to share a saying that my grandmother shared with me. A baby boy needs to have the basic principal's taught to him before the age of 6, cause after that age the average boy or child will be set in that manner in which he/she is exposed. If anyone feels me please jump in. Just keeping it real and clean. Let's show our babies that life is full of love and being happy. I need more of the men in EPA to take their hat's off. These boys need that father love, something that I have witnessed time after time. "I need to talk to my dad" Think about it!


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Posted by ANNON
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

REAST IN PEACE BARI GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!


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Posted by some one from the town
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

if he was in the vill it was probly some one from the mid that did it

RIP


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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:08 am

Sad to say...When you live the life, expect the consequences. There is usually only two ways it ends...jail or death. Unfortunately, this just means more tragedy to come to EPA...mark my words.


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Posted by village baby
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

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Posted by LouWeezyAna
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

LORD, Please watch over the Village. Bari didn't deserve to die (and neither did Bird).
The EPA Police need to spend more time informing and protecting the residents of EPA instead of stalking and harassing them.
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What happened to PROTECT & SERVE??!? Not a priority I guess :(

~VILLAGE ANGELS~


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Posted by Lay Off the Police
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

Y'all need to quit blaming the police. The police cannot be in every place at every second. How long did the shooting take? Probably one minute (at most) and the gunman was gone. The police are human beings, not Supermen. Yes, they can succomb to a bullet also. They have a tough job, patrolling the streets of a murder capital. In addition, they need to keep within the law while doing their jobs - i.e. be nice to everyone, even felons & gang members or they will get hit "excessive force" claims. Anyone see Sean Penn and Robert Duvall in the movie, "Colors"? Duvall is nice to gang members and a gang member shoots and kills him in the end anyway - no loyalty, no respect. I salute law enforcement for their willingness to even accept their jobs and risking their lives for us. To those of you complaining, I dare you to become an officer so you can be in their shoes to understand the situation. Easy for outsiders to complain.

The real issue is as noted above, by Doris. The failings are in the parents. If children have parents who do their job and show lots of love and respect for their children, their children will not fall to the street crowd, but instead, be productive citizens of society.


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

The people you should be blaming and questioning are the East Palo Alto city officials, those city council members and staff.

They encourage rent control/ordinances, with that comes disorder, no pride of ownership and tenants who hide behind the city expecting the landlord to fix everything, only for the tenant to abuse again and again. Even, the homeowners there have no pride in their own homes, why should they. If the city officials allow this city to be a dump site, then who cares. The city's code enforcement officers are thugs, they barge their way through into people's properties and trepass big time, hiding behinding their titles. These officials are not living up to what they are elected to do, instead they are following old school, let's go ask others for money instead of formulating and implementing revenue-generating ideas.

Further, it is the city officials with their bad planning and foresight that keeps this city in the state it is; run down, dirty, stinky, real estate values are suppressed, prostitution, drug dealings, gang activities and innocent babies get killed in the cross fire.

Disgusting...


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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

Blame the parents?

Blame the lack of employment, blame the state budget for not making education a priority, blame Dr. Knight for stealing thousands of dollars from ravenswood city school district throught the late 80's early 90's. Blame the crooked police force (that used to sell drugs and take payoffs from drug dealers so the same drug spots go untouched) that were all fired in the 90's. This didnt just happen all of a sudden. Today's cut throat nation aka EPA is a product of yesterday's mistakes. I worked on the EPA city board and the main concern citizen (young and old) had were that lack of activities and employment in and around EPA for people 17+. You cant forget about the shooter who will be held responsible for his actions but you cant understand why things are like this today or change the future unless you understand what happened yesterday or last year.


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Posted by TRUEVIEW
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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ITS REALLY A SAD SITUATION THAT ONCE AGAIN SOMEONE HAD TO LOSE THEIR LIFE. BUT IT IS EVEN SADDER THAT A CHILD HAS TO BE RAISED YET AGAIN WITHOUT A FATHER. HOWEVER, I DON'T AGREE WITH THE COMMENT MADE ABOUT IT MUST BE SOMEONE FROM THE "MID" THAT HAS DONE THIS ACT OF VIOLENCE. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE TRUE: YOU LIVE BY THE GUN YOU WILL DIE BY THE GUY & THAT WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND..."KARMA" YOU CAN'T GO AROUND TREATING PEOPLE ONE WAY AND NOT EXPECTING FOR THOSE SAME ACTS TO ONE DAY COME BACK AROUND TO YOU. ALSO, I HOPE THE POLICE LOOK LONG AND HARD FOR THE CORRECT FACTS TO THIS STORY AND DON'T JUST JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS AND GO WITH WHAT MAY BE THE "LOGICAL" ANSWER OR SOLUTION AND BLAME SOMEONE OR GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO MAY BE INNOCENT TO THIS CRIME. MAYBE IF PEOPLE WOULD WORK HARD FOR WHAT THEY WANT AND NOT GO AROUND ROBBING PEOPLE AND PULLING SCAMS THEN THERE WOULD NOT BE PEOPLE RIDING AROUND LOOKING TO KILL YOU. I'M JUST SAYING... GET ALL THE FACTS FIRST AND DON'T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS... DON'T BLAME A GROUP OF PEOPLE OR AN AREA AND YOU DON'T KNOW THE FACTS... IT'S NOT FAIR AND IT'S UNJUST ALL THE WAY AROUND FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.


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Posted by TRUEVIEW
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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To Mr. Ironic.... There is no one to blame except the shooter and the person shot. NOT the parents, not society and not anyone else. Life is what you make it. You can change your life and NOT be a product of your community or society. Growing in EPA and raising above what I was brought up in an a living example of how a person can change their life. Both my parents were on drugs but what they did I did not allow to direct my path. People have to be responsible for their own actions and the things that they do. You can't place blame on anyone else. I do agreee that better help in the community like jobs, mentoring, programs etc will help with giving these young people opportunities but, it is up to them to make that CHOICE to choose that path and accept the help that is out there for them to make/lead a better life.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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Now there's another one. A young 26 year old man killed on Camellia Court. Is this most recent murder related to Jabari's?

This makes 4 homicides and 7 weeks...the cops roll out a violence reduction plan but this happens immediately after. Why is it our summers and holidays have so much violence? Is it bad chickens coming home to roost?


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