Family Speaks Out After Man Murdered in South Sacramento: ‘He was a Good Person, He Didn’t Gang Bang’

SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- Family and friends of 25-year-old Phillip Porraz, who was murdered in South Sacramento on Saturday, fear the community may not come forward with answers about his killer if they believe he was involved in a gang.

"I'll tell you one thing, he was a guy who was trying to support himself and his family. And he was a good person, he didn't gang bang," friend Michael Rincon said.

Friends say Porraz had only been staying at a home at 44th Street and Orinda Way for about a month.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, they say he walked outside to get something from his truck in the driveway and was immediately ambushed. They say a Hispanic male got out of a car, walked toward the home and fired a handgun at Porraz many times, shooting him in the face.

"I was the last voice he heard," friend Terrold Swanson said.

Swanson told FOX40 he had been hanging out in the home with Porraz and several friends just before the shooting. He said he ran to Porraz and cradled him in his arms as he fought for his life, encouraging him to keep breathing.

"I tried talking to him, told him we were there. It seemed to help. He did start breathing again, he took in one breath and then, he was just too weak. I could tell he was going," Swanson said.

Homicide detectives worked alongside a gang unit to process the shooting scene. However, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Saturday that was just routine procedure, something done just in case a gang connection arose, and clarified that nothing at the scene indicated a gang connection in Porraz's death.

"He needs to be brought to justice for his daughter's sake, his family's sake, for my sake, everyone's sake," Porraz's significant other Jessica Chavez said.

"I always told him he was cool here. He had love here, and we were giving him time to get on his feet, and he was starting to do it," Swanson said.

Family and friends said Porraz had no known enemies and was known to be a peacekeeper among his friends.

Witnesses describe the suspects as two Latino males. They said one was driving an unknown colored SUV and the other got out of the passenger seat to fire a handgun.

If you have any information, you can contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and provide an anonymous tip.

Porraz's family said they set up a donation account for Porraz's funeral expenses.