East Palo Alto police release enhanced video in 2015 homicide case

Footage shows possible suspect, car near scene of fatal shooting

The man seen above in a dark-over-light The North Face Denali jacket is a possible suspect in the Jan. 21, 2015 fatal shooting of Steven Porter Jr. in East Palo Alto. Image courtesy East Palo Alto police.

East Palo Alto police are looking to speak with a man seen on recently enhanced footage collected on the night of a fatal shooting in 2015 that remains unsolved.

The shooting killed Steven Porter Jr., 36, of San Jose, who was found with gunshot wounds in a white Lexus sedan in the 1300 block of Camellia Drive shortly after 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2015 and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

At the time of the shooting, police described the suspect as a man in dark clothing who fled on foot on Camellia Drive toward Jasmine Way.

The footage was collected on the night of the homicide and recently enhanced with help from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, police said. The nearly three-minute video shows a man drive the vehicle, possibly a dark-colored, 2010-2014 Kia Sorento with chrome roof racks and vertical fog lamps, on Camellia Drive and park outside of a home. From the rear, the vehicle has a high-mount third brake lamp and vertical rear reflectors.

The driver was seen walking and zipping up a dark-over-light The North Face Denali jacket with dark patches stretching from the elbow to the wrist on the back of the sleeves. He is believed to be a suspect in the case, according to police.

Kim Cheadle, Porter's cousin, and her family viewed the enhanced footage, but don't recognize the man seen on the video, which she called a "promising development." They've also shared the footage on Facebook, but haven't heard from anyone who recognizes the driver.

"My hope is for someone to recognize this person and for us to get some answers. … We're hoping to get some answers and get some closure for our family," she said. Cheadle added that her cousin wasn't the type of person to be involved in gangs.

The shooting took place outside of Porters' grandparents' home, where he lived at the time and helped them run errands, Cheadle said. He was often found cleaning the home, where the smell of bleach was a strong sign that he was mopping up the kitchen.

The family, which has lived in East Palo Alto for the past five to six generations, remembers Porter every year on his birthday and death anniversary by holding a candlelight vigil. Porter was active in church and was baptized in the six months before the shooting.

"He was doing well. He was always a good person but was actually starting to live his life," Cheadle said.

Porter's father, Steven Porter Sr., who saw the video for the first time Friday, hopes someone recognizes the man in the video. Porter Jr. had an adult daughter, one grandson and another grandson on the way when he was killed.

"All we can do is wait and wait and wait," he said.

Mothers Against Murder is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the identification and prosecution of whoever shot Porter.

Anyone who recognizes the man seen on the video or has information on the case is asked to contact East Palo Alto police by phone or text at 650-409-6792 or email at Tipsters can stay anonymous and the information provided will remain confidential.

View the footage provided by police here.


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