Third East Palo Alto homicide in the past week

Man shot multiple times is found by police in a driveway

Another young person has died after being shot multiple times in East Palo Alto on Tuesday, July 19, police said. The shooting marks the city's third homicide in a week.

Officers found Hugo Chavez, 26, lying in the driveway of 13 Camellia Court at approximately 10:15 p.m. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, police said.

Chavez was taken to a hospital for treatment but died about four hours later, according to police.

Investigators determined a man approached Chavez in front of the house before the attack. It appears the two may have had a brief conversation before the suspect shot Chavez several times and ran away, police said. The shooting marks the city's third homicide in a week.

East Palo Alto police have not released any suspect information and have not made any arrests in the homicide. Investigators have not determined the motive or identified that this homicide was the result of gang-violence.

Less than 24 hours earlier, police arrived at the 2500 block of Illinois Avenue on Monday at about 8:45 p.m. to find 23-year-old Jabari Banford, who had been shot multiple times, lying on the sidewalk.

Paramedics treated Banford, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

On July 13, 19-year-old Catherine Fisher was shot while sitting in a car with two others in the 2500 block of Annapolis Street at about 2:10 a.m., police said. The Menlo Park woman was taken to Stanford Hospital, where she died later that day.

Last month, a 3-month-old baby was killed as his family was leaving a baby shower on Wisteria Drive on June 5.

Investigators believe Izack Jesus was mistakenly shot in retaliation for an assault by Sureno gang members in Redwood City on May 31. Fabian Zaragoza, the 17-year-old who prosecutors suspect killed the infant, pleaded not guilty to murder charges on July 13.

Chavez's death marks East Palo Alto's fifth homicide of the year, which is already more than the city's four murders in 2010.

Witnesses are asked to contact the East Palo Alto Police Department by calling or sending a text message to the anonymous tip line at 650-409-6792. Anonymous tips can also be sent by email to

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by law and order
a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

Time to bring the Sheriff's Office back into EPA to get things under control again.

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a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Bulletproof the sheriff cars, drive with runflats, mostly unmarked and actually mistakeable vehicles and question everybody who is doing something LEGITIMATELY wrong. Be nice to the occupents and residents of the city who are not doing anything wrong, don't illegally take drugs from people and let them go on a "warning". respect them like they deserve and the place will be a much nicer atmosphere...

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Posted by TheVoice
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 22, 2011 at 7:42 am

As a resident of the East side with many friends in EPA I'm not shocked at the fact that crime is again on the rise. The police are just too busy dealing with day to day issues to deal with these chronic thugs. I heard that East Palo alto does not want the Sheriff in town. But that may be a short term solution. The news reported that Chief Davis implemented Operation Cease Fire and he was going to work with other police to stop the violence. Well where are they? The only recent news I heard is the two Menlo Park Detectives arresting and convicting a thug with a .45 hand gun they chased and arrested in East Palo Alto. Seems like we need to bring the Sheriff task force and the Menlo Park Task Force back. I havnt seen them in their cars and SUV's in a long time. There has been at least four murders that I know of and one is solved. Thats three too many.

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Posted by law and order
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

Chief Davis will not allow the Sheriff back in due to his own inflated ego. He disbanded them back in 2005/2006 so the power could be all his. What he did not realize or simply cannot admit, East Palo Alto cannot ever have the resources the Sheriff's Office has. The small police department is overwhelmed and understaffed every day. If Davis would pull up his big boy pants, he would realize that the more help he gets, the better off the City of East Palo Alto would be in the end. It is not about him. This is about dealing with the out of control crime that has and, at this rate, always will terrorize and ruin the quality of life for those people in East Palo Alto who are not of the criminal element just trying to live in peace and safety.

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Posted by Peninsula Watchdog
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

to Law and Order:

Don't worry about crime "always" terrorizing East Palo Alto. With new Facebook moving into the Sun campus and 20+ other high-tech businesses moving into Menlo Park(not including the 100+ that are currently occupying Palo Alto), the facebook employees and high-tech company employees will be moving in ever so slightly, gradually pushing low-income residents out and into places like Newark, Hayward, and other low-income areas across the bay. At the rate the Belle-Haven area has been promised to progress financially and cosmetically by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the course of the next decade, East Palo Alto will be just another Yuppie filled neighborhood without even the current law-abiding families able to afford housing in East Palo Alto.

Get ready for the biggest transformation of the Peninsula anyone could ever imagine=facebookland.

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Posted by Watcher
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Yeah, that's if Facebook doesn't tank.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

And if speculators can defeat rent control in EPA.

Diversity is one of the keys to economic and cultural health on the peninsula.

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Posted by Watchdog
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jul 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

to observer:

That is why we have the dumbarton bridge

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