A steady stream of people came to Doxey Park in Manteca to bring and light candles dedicated to 17-year old Marcos Garcia.
Garcia was shot to death when he and friend Niko Pinkard were attacked early Monday morning. Pinkard was grazed in the head with a bullet but survived.
A witness told FOX40 that she heard people arguing in a car. The two shooting victims left the car.
Up to a dozen shots were heard shortly afterwards.
Niko Prinkard took advantage of a flinch by the shooter and he was able to run away and get help. He was treated at the scene and released.
Aaron Pinkard visited the shooting scene with his brother Frank. He said Marcos and his son Niko were close friends and he was at his house constantly.
Although some neighbors speculated that the shooting in the quiet neighborhood was gang related or a drug deal gone bad, Pinckard says he believes it was an attempted robbery.
“My son told them he didn’t have any money, Marcos told them he didn’t have any money, he didn’t have anything, but they told them to lay down. They just shot Marcos,” Pinkard said.
Pinkard says Marcos was not in a gang or was involved with drugs, although he acknowledges that there are rumors to that effect. Manteca Police say they are working on some leads and have not released a possible motive for the attack.