Man Accused of Shooting 13-Year-Old Appears in Court

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YOLO COUNTY —

In a Yolo County courtroom, 39-year-old Sonny Martinez faced a judge, accused in the drive-by shooting of 13-year-old Alize Valadez.

The teen was shot in the head Saturday night, as she was laying on the couch inside her grandmother’s West Sacramento home.

“I’m feeling very sad,” grandmother Hope Penunuri said, outside the courthouse just before the arraignment.

The 65-year-old grandmother was home with Alize when the shots rang out. She says the eighth grader remains on life support at UC Davis Medical Center.

“That’s my baby Ze, you know. Even though she’s not my baby, she was grandma’s. But I raised her … I just miss her so much. I just want her to get better and come home,” she said.

“What was your feeling when you finally put a face to all of this?” Fox 40 asked her.

“Oh my gosh. I don’t know … I don’t know …” Penunuri said.

“He had the nerve to look at us. He just stood there and looked at us. Not one feeling came from that guy,” Alize’s sister, Bianca Valadez, said.

Martinez was arrested Tuesday.

Alize’s family says they have never met him and don’t know why he would have allegedly targeted their house.

In court Thursday, Alize’s sister says she locked eyes with Martinez and simply shook her head.

“He looked, like looking around for his family, for his support. No one should support him for what he’s done to our little innocent baby girl. He looked just like the devil,” Desirae Valadez said.

Martinez faces several charges including attempted murder with a gang enhancement. The judge declined his request for bail.

“He gets everything he deserves for what he did to her,” Alize’s sister, Andrea Valadez, said.

“It’s hard to see her suffer like that. And for what? Innocent kid,” Alize’s aunt, Monica Martinez, added.

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