Memorial service, reception held for Cate Fisher

Police report some progress in investigation

A memorial service for Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, who died after being shot in East Palo Alto, was held Friday, July 22, at Temple Beth-El in San Mateo.

A reception followed at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

Cate was a college student who had planned to be a high school math teacher, and was an instructor at the Menlo Park gymnastics center.

She was shot July 13 while sitting in a vehicle with a man and a woman at 2:12 a.m. in the 2500 block of Annapolis Street east of Bay Road in East Palo Alto, police said.

She was taken to Stanford Hospital where she died from her injuries. The vehicle's other occupants were unharmed, police said.

A question surrounding her death is why she was at the site of the shooting at 2 a.m.

Her father, Jonathan Fisher, said July 21 that he has been told by the girl who was driving the car, Cate's best friend, that they were just dropping off a "third person, some guy" when the incident happened. "Cate was not into drugs at all," said her father, who wished to dispel rumors that this might have been the reason she was there.

A gymnastic instructor

Cate Fisher graduated in 2009 from Menlo-Atherton High School and from the Canada College "middle college" program that allows students to earn college credits while getting a high school diploma, her father said. She had just transferred to Cal State East Bay and needed another year and a half to graduate. "She was going to teach math to high school students," he said.

The young woman also loved teaching gymnastics for the city of Menlo Park, her father said.

"She was such an amazing person," he said. A memorial notice "doesn't really capture the great essence that was Cate. She was beautiful, vibrant, strong-willed, hard-headed."

Pearce Wagner, her supervisor at the gymnastics center, said she started working there in the 2008-09 school year, while she was still in high school.

"She was a hard worker and a great employee," he said. "She worked well with the children, who all loved her. She was always willing to help; I could call her up and she'd always be there with a smile on her face."

Gymnastics program staff ask that people write memories or condolences in a book for Cate's family at the front desk of the gymnastics center.

In addition to her father, Jonathan Fisher of Belmont, she is survived by her mother, Michelle Sutton of Menlo Park, step-parents Paula Fisher and Mitch Sutton, and four siblings.

The family prefers memorial contributions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure or in the form of becoming organ donors.

Related story: Menlo Park teen dies after shooting


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm

This just came in from EPA PD:

Press Briefing Advisory

Re: Homicide Investigation Updates

July 24 – The East Palo Alto Police Department will conduct a press briefing tomorrow on Monday, July 25, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the East Palo Alto Police Substation, 219 Demeter Street.

Thanks to numerous tips from the community, the police department has identified persons of interest in two (2) recent homicides: the murder of Catherine Fisher, 19, which occurred on July 13, 2011, and the murder of Hugo Chavez, 26, which occurred on July 19, 2011.

The Department believes both murders were committed by member(s) of a violent trio during a crime-spree that spanned from East Palo Alto to Grand Junction, Colorado.

The trio are identified as Christian Fuentes, 20, Jaime Cardenas, 19, and Fidel Silva, 24, all from East Palo Alto. These suspects are also wanted in connection with two robberies, a burglary and a triple shooting and murder in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Christian Fuentes was arrested last week by the East Palo Alto and Fremont Police Department and is in-custody for a parole violation. Both Cardenas and Silva remain at-large and are wanted for the Colorado murder and for questioning in the two East Palo Alto murders.

The Department request that the photos of these suspects not be published until all witnesses have been interviewed. We appreciate your cooperation.

Anyone with information about these investigations is encouraged to call the police department’s anonymous tip line at (650) 853-8477 or leave an anonymous text-a-tip at (650) 409-7692.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

As the other thread on the above topic has been closed to the non-registered I'll use this one.

What is wrong with asking if an accused or suspect is a US citizen or legally in the country? The press reports the age, the sex, the city and state of residence and in many cases the country of citizenship if not a US citizen.

The press also reports previous and other crimes of the accused/suspect. Being in the US illegally is a crime so why is that ignored by the press in numerous cases?

There seems to be a double standard present regarding full reporting of information on accused/suspects from Latin America. Why is that?

Everyone in the US has a right to know where criminals are from and whether they are US citizens or not. We also have the right to know the statistics on criminals who are are in the US illegally just as we have a right to other statistics on criminals.

[Most law enforcement agencies in this country do not report a person's immigration status unless there is a felony charge. We suggest you take up your concern about this issue with your local legislator if you want to see immigration reform. In the meantime, we will not tolerate racist comments on this site.]

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for the info. However the EPA crimes were murder and thus felony charges. Therefore when and if you get the status info please let us readers know.

Whether or not the accused/suspect is a US, UK, Israel, Tunisia, Nigeria, Chile, Vietnam or Mexico citizen here legally or illegally the press should report it. Nation of citizenship and immigration status is not a racist criteria.

Also I take it that the comment removed from the other thread is he racist comment you refer to.

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