Victims in Stockton’s Deadly Labor Day Weekend Identified

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STOCKTON–

More than 12 hours after a suspected robber is shot to death in a Stockton home, crime scene techs were still on-site, trying to help detectives piece together just what happened around 5:45 a.m. Monday.

“Seen the crime scene, crime tape that was here. Why on my block? What’s going on with Stockton?,” said long-time Julian Street resident Becky Godoy.

Much of exactly what was going on at 1602 Julian Street police aren’t releasing.

They are continuing to interview those who were inside when a 24-year-old man was shot.

“Possible motive is going to be a home invasion robbery and it’s unclear if this person who was shot inside was shot by the homeowner or a suspect,” said Officer Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department.

Folks watching all of the investigation unfold on their street say they’d never seen any trouble at this home in the year since a young Hispanic family moved in.

That family apparently didn’t join in neighborhood events and kept to themselves, so no one who lived nearby knew them by name.

There were at least three children inside when police say someone’s desire to steal somehow turned deadly.

For many, the thought of baby swings  floating on the breeze so close to where bullets were flying is heartbreaking.

“Not good at all.  I was born and raised in this neighborhood and it just seems like it’s getting worse and worse,” said Clifford Wright, another long-time resident of Julian Street.

Police say several suspects broke into the house Monday morning.

Tuesday afternoon, San Joaquin County authorities identified the man killed along Julian Street as 24-year-old Angel Lopez-Mendez. Authorities also identified 29-year-old Manuel Zavala Jr. as the man killed near W. Port and N. Commerce Streets Sunday.

 

Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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