Update: Coroner IDs EPA shooting victim, 19

Shooting marks fourth homicide in East Palo Alto since July 13

A 19-year-old East Palo Alto man who was shot to death Sunday night (July 24) has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner as Kevin Guzman.

Guzman was killed and an 18-year-old was hospitalized after an unknown assailant or assailants fired on them as they greeted friends, Guzman's cousin, who witnessed the shooting, said.

Guzman was just greeting his cousin and other youths when he was gunned down in the parking lot of the Emmanuel Pizza and Bakery at 1489 East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto.

Guzman and the 18-year-old were shot at about 10:30 p.m.

The cousin, who asked not to be identified, told the Weekly that five youths had just met up when the shots rang out.

"We were just saying, 'Wussup?,' he said, motioning a fist bump the cousins gave each other moments before the gunfire.

The youths scattered, running toward the back of the building and down an alleyway. The second youth was hiding under a car with gunshots to his legs, he said.

Guzman reached the end of the alley and collapsed onto his back near Euclid Avenue, just steps from the yellow school buses parked at the Ravenswood City School District headquarters, his cousin said.

"I ran to him and he said, 'I'm dying, I'm dying.' I started feeling around and trying to lift him up, to find out where he was shot," he said. Guzman had been shot in the chest, he added.

He called 911, but Guzman died just as police arrived. "It took too long for the ambulance to get here," he said.

On Monday, the cousin stood outside the nearby CARE Nutrition Center, where mothers with young children come to receive food assistance just a few yards from the scene of the gunfire. He said he did not know why Guzman was shot.

"It just happened too fast, and they took my cousin's life away.

"I guess they wanted to put a hurt on him bad and they did," he said.

"I don't know why he was shot. He never wanted to tell me his troubles. We never talked about it. I don't know why," he said.

East Palo Alto police held a press briefing at 11 a.m. Monday. The department's Criminal Investigations Division is handling the case and detectives have not determined a motive for the fatal shooting.

No suspect description was immediately available from police, but they are looking into a possible connection between Guzman's killing and the deaths of two other young people in the last 12 days, police said.

Catherine Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, and Hugo Chavez, 26, were also gunned down on July 13 and 19, respectively.

Three East Palo Alto residents -- Christian Fuentes, 20, Jaime Cardenas, 19, and Fidel Silva, 24 -- are suspects in the two homicides.

Another man, Jabari Banford, 23, was fatally shot on July 18. Police have not named a suspect in his killing.

Witnesses are asked to contact East Palo Alto police by leaving a voicemail message or sending a text message to their anonymous tip line at 650-409-6792. Those with information about the homicide can also send an anonymous email to

The shooting marks the fourth homicide in East Palo Alto since July 13.

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Third East Palo Alto homicide in past week

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2011 at 8:24 am

What business uses this parking lot? 10.30 is not particularly late and witnesses may be more alerted if they knew the name of the business rather than the address.

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Posted by Mr. Ironic
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 8:53 am

Dam who was it this time. I just hope it wasnt any close love ones. RIP.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2011 at 9:28 am

The location is the one stop market at the corner of Euclid & E Bayshore (just past the freeway entrance).
So this just shows it's hitting all of EPA. This is the 3rd neighborhood. Let's hope Flood stays out of the news...and Please, please no more in the Ville.

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Posted by E.P.A. Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2011 at 3:56 am

E.P.A. Resident is a registered user.

This is ridiculous. As a youth raised from East Palo Alto this is very upsetting. Knowing that one lives in a neighborhood that is filled with crime and violence is very disparaging to a community full of minorities.

I met Kevin when I was around fourteen years old through the Ravenswood Soccer Club. While we weren't the closest of friends he nonetheless is imprinted in a vast amount of childhood memories. Times that we spent are filled with both smiles and tears, illustrating the essence of innocence as child.

While I saw/heard of him very rarely after soccer, I learned that his family was going through tough times. His father had a stroke and later his parents splitting up were both very hard on him. I can't say he was a model citizen, or a role model for that matter, but I would like to at least pay my respects to him. RIP Kevin, my prayers are with your family and friends.

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Posted by E.P.A. Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 26, 2011 at 3:59 am

E.P.A. Resident is a registered user.

Please excuse my grammar in the previous comment, it is a late night.

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