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Two youths arrested for homicide of 15-year-old in East Palo Alto

Defendants were taken into custody in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police are investigating a shooting that killed a 15-year-old boy who was found in the 1900 block of Manhattan Avenue on June 13, 2022. Map by Jamey Padojino.

East Palo Alto police have arrested two youths for murder related to the fatal June 13 shooting of a 15-year-old boy, interim police Chief Jeff Liu said on Friday.

The East Palo Alto Police Department, in partnership with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, San Mateo County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Palo Alto Police Department SWAT Team, served two search warrants on Thursday morning, June 16, in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto and arrested the pair. Both were booked into Juvenile Hall Thursday, Liu said.

Law enforcement officers seized a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine at one of the youths' homes. The names and photos of the defendants are not being released because they are minors, Liu said.

Police were tipped off to the crime on June 13 at 9:04 p.m. by the activation of the city's Shotspotter audio detection system on the 1900 block of Manhattan Avenue. Officers located a 15-year-old victim near the alley between Manhattan and Euclid Avenue suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers applied first aid before paramedics transported him to the hospital. He died of his injuries.

The suspects are the two males who had been seen running toward Woodland Avenue after the shooting.

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"The presence of privately owned surveillance cameras and the availability of the footage made the arrests of the suspects and the seizure of the firearm in this case possible," Liu said.

"What is especially troubling is that these suspects showed no remorse after being taken into custody. It's especially troubling considering their young ages and their total disregard for life," Liu said by phone on Friday.

Police are still actively seeking witnesses who might know about or have witnessed the shooting or the events before and after the homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call acting Cmdr. Angel Sanchez at 650-853-3154. Anonymous tips can also be emailed to [email protected] or texted or left via voicemail at 650-409-6792.

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Two youths arrested for homicide of 15-year-old in East Palo Alto

Defendants were taken into custody in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 17, 2022, 6:32 pm

East Palo Alto police have arrested two youths for murder related to the fatal June 13 shooting of a 15-year-old boy, interim police Chief Jeff Liu said on Friday.

The East Palo Alto Police Department, in partnership with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, San Mateo County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Palo Alto Police Department SWAT Team, served two search warrants on Thursday morning, June 16, in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto and arrested the pair. Both were booked into Juvenile Hall Thursday, Liu said.

Law enforcement officers seized a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine at one of the youths' homes. The names and photos of the defendants are not being released because they are minors, Liu said.

Police were tipped off to the crime on June 13 at 9:04 p.m. by the activation of the city's Shotspotter audio detection system on the 1900 block of Manhattan Avenue. Officers located a 15-year-old victim near the alley between Manhattan and Euclid Avenue suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers applied first aid before paramedics transported him to the hospital. He died of his injuries.

The suspects are the two males who had been seen running toward Woodland Avenue after the shooting.

"The presence of privately owned surveillance cameras and the availability of the footage made the arrests of the suspects and the seizure of the firearm in this case possible," Liu said.

"What is especially troubling is that these suspects showed no remorse after being taken into custody. It's especially troubling considering their young ages and their total disregard for life," Liu said by phone on Friday.

Police are still actively seeking witnesses who might know about or have witnessed the shooting or the events before and after the homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call acting Cmdr. Angel Sanchez at 650-853-3154. Anonymous tips can also be emailed to [email protected] or texted or left via voicemail at 650-409-6792.

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Screeedek
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Stanford
on Jun 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm
Screeedek, Stanford
Registered user
on Jun 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

"What is especially troubling is that these suspects showed no remorse after being taken into custody." Yup.

And at best they will be in jail maybe a few years and then back out on the street, Scot free.


eileen
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College Terrace
on Jun 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm
eileen , College Terrace
Registered user
on Jun 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

I'm not sure these young kids can be rehabilitated. They are underage and have a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine. Please take these guns away from the parents, FOREVER!!!


Rob Holmes
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Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jun 20, 2022 at 1:12 pm
Rob Holmes, Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 1:12 pm

Sadly, the gun control laws president Biden proposed would not have stopped this shooting. Gun laws prior to shootings don't affect criminals.


William Hitchens
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Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm
William Hitchens, Mountain View
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 6:20 pm

This has become far too familiar that I am totally numbed to it. When can we confiscate almost all "guns" from ignorant, stupid, and vicious fools and give them mandatory federal felony convictions and hard jail time even for ownership? THAT is the real way to prevent gun violence. Make gun ownership criminal and illegal throughout ALL STATES OF THE USA. Particularly the so-called Red States. Ruin their ability to get good jobs forever. They don't deserve them.

Sorry, they shouldn't use a USA flag color. They don't deserve it, Make their color BLACK.

And revise the 2nd Amendment for God's sake!


John
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Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 21, 2022 at 12:53 pm
John, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 12:53 pm

Because William, your “tough on gun crime” desires will overwhelmingly affect black and hispanic men. That, in and of itself is a non starter. Removing African American and Hispanic murders from NYC drops their murders by 96%, despite your red-state (psst, it’s the cities and a particular few in those cities) vehemence. Unfortunate facts, but facts nevertheless.


Anonymous
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 21, 2022 at 4:43 pm
Anonymous, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 4:43 pm

Add in Chicago, which has horrendous almost continuous levels of shooting by gangs…(almost always) against other different gang members; and do note firearms are (technically, legally) very restricted in the huge city.
Well, criminals, esp. felons don’t respect the Law.
So criminals obtain these illegal guns and shoot (mostly) other criminals, necessitating police investigations, hospitalizations, deaths….AND criminals carry on, bringing in and affecting new generations of youth in certain disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Something needs to be done to break this cycle of shootings.
A LOT has been tried to encourage, cajole, educate, incentivize these male youths and men to make better choices, the resources and effort poured in for years is substantive.
- Yet the gun violence continues.
So it’s a cultural problem.
It sounds rough, but kids maybe should be removed from these dysfunctional “households.”
The Chicago Tribune has tracked crime for years.


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