Family of Gerber Road Shooting Victim Speaks Out

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SACRAMENTO --

A nighttime trip to the store for an energy drink cost 23-year-old Kevin Choyke his life.

"I can't believe something like this would happen," stepdad Michael Sena said.

A passerby found Choyke laying in the middle of Saint Andre Lane near Gerber Road about 1 a.m. Wednesday and dialed 911.

Sena says Choyke left their home at the Camellia Village Mobile Home Park about 9 p.m. Tuesday to make a run to the AM/PM down the street.

But after four hours his family started to worry.

"Melinda, his mom, woke me up and said Kevin's not home yet," Sena said.

So the couple went to look for him and were met with the flashing lights of emergency vehicles on the other side of the front gate.

"It was Kevin on the ground, they were working on him, trying to give him CPR," Sena said.

But their son died of a gunshot to the chest once he got to the hospital.

Sena described his son as developmentally delayed, which never stopped Kevin from helping neighbors.

"He was a very cool kid. Everybody here loved him," he said.

Detectives need help to catch the suspect.

"If anybody was driving by or was in the area or saw the victim before this incident happened, please contact the sheriff's department. Second hand, whatever it may be, may help," Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tony Turnbull said.

Kevin's dad believes the motive could've been robbery.

"They stole his wallet. And it only had $13 in it," Sena said.

To the guy who killed his son, Sena  had this to say:

"He doesn't hurt nobody. He doesn't mess with anybody. You need to step up, man up to this."

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Kevin. You can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/yws9v7zg