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Gang member, 17, charged with murder as an adult in infant death

Evidence justifies four counts, Zaragoza to be tried as adult, San Mateo County DA's office says

A 17-year-old boy arrested for the fatal shooting of an infant in East Palo Alto over the weekend will be charged with murder as an adult, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney said today.

Fabian Zaragoza, of East Palo Alto, will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court this afternoon, Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.

The shooting killed 3-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia and wounded his parents, Ivonne Garcia Lopez and Oscar Jimenez.

Zaragoza has also been charged with the special circumstance of lying in wait, two counts of attempted murder with the infliction of great bodily injury, and use of a firearm in the commission of the crimes, Guidotti said.

Zaragoza, who police said is a known gang member, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon on weapons charges and later implicated himself in the shooting when he was questioned by investigators, acting police Capt. Jeff Liu said.

Police believe Zaragoza and another person shot the family after mistaking them for Sureno gang members who had beaten Zaragoza up in Redwood City on May 31.

Zaragoza is scheduled to be arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m.

A memorial fund to help with Izack's funeral expenses, "Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia memorial fund account," has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank and is accessible at any branch. The account number is 6836571460.

The family has invited the public to the services scheduled on Thursday (June 9) at the Crippen and Flynn Woodside Chapel, located at 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City. The service is scheduled between 5 p.m. and midnight.

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