Man Shot, Killed in Lodi Remembered by Family, Friends

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LODI --

After two homicides in Lodi in a 24-hour period, police have made arrests in at least one of those cases.

Meanwhile, friends of the victim in the unsolved case shared his story.

Lodi police are not saying if these two homicides are connected, but they're certainly looking into the possibility.

Meanwhile, the Lodi community is mourning their loss. Several pastors from across town led the prayers with a hundred or so of 20-year-old Silvestre Guzman's friends.

"It's important for us to get together as a community and rally behind this family because we don't know what they're going through, with the loss of a child is the worse pain possible that someone can go through," said Andre Sanchez with Bear Creek Community Church in Lodi.

The group marched in solidarity to a church service, about three blocks from Guzman's home, in order to say goodbye.

"He was always there for anybody, no matter what. You can call anytime and he would be there for you," said Maria Huerta, a family friend.

Guzman was gunned down in front of his home on Garfield Street while standing in the driveway with several friends Sunday afternoon. Lodi police said a light-colored SUV drove by and three or four people inside opened fire, shooting Guzman in the back.

"He attacked somebody from the back like an animal, then you should be locked up like an animal," said Yadina Pena, another family friend.

"He didn't deserve to die this way. No one deserves to die this way," Huerta said.

About 12 hours later and less than a mile away, Lodi police were called to East Oak Street for another homicide. There, 27-year-old Louis DeLatorre was discovered sitting in his truck, shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Tuesday, Lodi Police said they had two suspects in custody in connection to DeLatorre's murder.

Stockton officers pulled over a car on Monday afternoon, finding two guns and 20-year-old Edgar Corrales of Sacramento, as well as a 16-year-old teen from Lodi, both who had gang affiliations.

Now Lodi detectives are looking into if the two suspects played any role in Guzman's death.

Meanwhile Guzman's family said he was not part of any gang, and they just want answers as to why he was killed.

"If anybody knows anything please come forward. Because it would give the family a lot of closure. And it would put this person behind bars, because that's where he should be," Pena said.