19-Year-Old Random Victim Of Del Paso Heights Violence

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A spray of bullets in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood near North Avenue and May Street Tuesday night  killed a 19-year-old man, and riddled a nearby home with bullets.

As tough as it is to talk about what Michael Burden was: so young, a recent high school grad, looking forward to marrying his girlfriend – it’s perhaps harder to talk about what he wasn’t: a target. Police say this was a random killing. That Michael, on his bike, didn’t do anything to provoke violence.

“He was on his way to his brother’s house to drop off some strawberries,” said Irene Burdan, his mother. “I never thought he would go before me or his dad.”

The bullet’s didn’t only strike Burdan.  They traveled through a house on North Street, entering a child’s bedroom. The same bullet traveled through two walls, ricocheting off a birdcage and out a back window.

The woman who lives there didn’t want to be identified, she says she’s scared.

“There should be patrols. When something like this happens police should be doing patrols,” she said.

Police investigators were in the neighborhood today, looking for the reason behind the violence. And they are asking, if you have any information that could help them solve this killing, pick up the phone and give them a call.

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  • Miss Simonton

    This sad incident reminds me of an traggic shooting that happen November 17, 2012 in which random shooting killed a young man on Los Robles. I never recall anyone ever being arrested in that case. Could the two incidents be related? Whay do law enforcement think of all the random shootings that took place throughout the Del Paso Heights area just days after the slaying of Mr.Burden.