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Shooting leaves man dead in Fairfield’s 5th homicide of 2012

A Fairfield police officer inspects the scene of a shooting at the corner of Hayes and Utah Streets in Fairfield Monday night.  (Daily Republic-Adam Smith)

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From page A4 | March 13, 2012 |

FAIRFIELD (1:27 a.m.) — A 47-year-old Fairfield man who was shot Monday night in front of a home on the 1100 block of Hayes Street later died at a regional trauma hospital.

The victim’s name was not released pending notification of his family. His death represents Fairfield’s fifth homicide of the year and the third in less than a week.

Tuesday update

Police responded at 8:40 p.m. to reports of shots fired in the area of Hayes and Utah streets. Officers soon found the victim, who had been shot several time. The man was shot in the arm and back and a bullet grazed his head, police spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral said late Monday.

The man was airlifted to a Bay Area trauma center, where he died, police announced early Tuesday.

Witnesses described a Hispanic male, wearing dark clothing, who was seen running from the scene. No suspect had been identified, according to a Police Department press release early Tuesday. Police were canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses and processed the crime scene for evidence late into the night.

Monday’s fatal shooting occurred about a block away from the city’s second homicide of 2012.

Police reported early Tuesday that there was no information linking Monday’s shooting to that of Jesus Amaya, 20, of Fairfield, who was shot shortly before midnight Feb. 1 in what Fairfield police have said was a gang-related shooting on the 1000 block of Hayes Street. He later was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police also reported early Tuesday that there was no information to indicate that Monday’s shooting was related to gang activity.

Police investigating Amaya’s killing arrested Miguel Bastida, 18, of Fairfield, Friday at the Solano County jail on suspicion of murder and robbery. Police issued a nationwide, no-bail arrest warrant the same day for Bastida’s alleged accomplice, Mario Vasquez, 20, of Fairfield.

Vasquez’s older brother, Adam Vasquez, 21, of Suisun City, was also arrested Friday for allegedly harboring a criminal and aiding and abetting.

Quincy Quinney, 26, of Suisun City, was Fairfield’s first homicide victim of the year. Quinney was shot and killed Jan. 7 at an apartment complex at 2000 Clay Bank Road. No suspects have been identified in connection with his killing.

The city’s third and fourth homicides occurred during a gunfight shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at the Parkway Gardens town home complex.

Vedell Jamar Chew, 24, of Fairfield, and Bernard Francis Knight, 18, of East Palo Alto, died at the scene.

Two of three men wanted in connection with the deadly shootout, Darren Trahan, 21, of East Palo Alto, and Marcel Rutherford-Chew, 18, of Redwood City, turned themselves in to authorities Saturday and were booked into the Solano County jail on suspicion of murder.

The third suspect, Blake Johnson, 21, of Vallejo, remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.

Police have confirmed that victim Chew and suspect Rutherford-Chew are related.

Anyone with information about Monday’s fatal shooting is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, a 24-hour tip line at 428-7345, or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers can remain anonymous.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

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FAIRFIELD (12:52 a.m.) — A 47-year-old Fairfield man shot Monday night on the 1100 block of Hayes Street in Fairfield has died, police reported early Tuesday morning.

This is the city’s fifth homicide of the year and the third in less than a week.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net.

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FAIRFIELD — A man was shot multiple times on a Hayes Street driveway Monday evening.

The man, 47, of Fairfield was shot around 8:40 p.m. on the 1100 block of Hayes Street, a block away from a fatal shooting in February. Fairfield police are canvassing the neighborhood for a shooter and collecting statements from residents.

The man was shot in the arm and back and a bullet grazed his head, said police spokesman Officer Cleo Mayoral. His condition was not immediately available but he was talking, Mayoral said. The man was also seen moving his arms as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance. He was airlifted to an area trauma center, according to police.

Police say the suspect is a Hispanic man wearing dark clothing. Witnesses reported seeing the man running east on Utah Street after the shooting.

On Feb. 1, 20-year-old Jesus Amaya was shot and killed on the 1000 block of Hayes Street in what police describe as a gang-related shooting. On Friday, police arrested Miguel Bastida, 18, of Fairfield in connection with the shooting.

The alleged triggerman, Mario Vasquez, 20, remains at large. A nationwide, no-bail, full-extradition warrant has been issued for Vasquez on a charge of homicide. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Reach David DeBolt at 427-6935 or ddebolt@dailyrepublic.net. 

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • ed allenMarch 13, 2012 - 6:21 am

    Yrs ago, you didn't hear too many sirens in Fairfield, now I see and hear a lot. Does it take a curfew, injunction, or something to stop these life-ending shootings? I attend night school not too far from these neighborhoods and i got out of class when this latest shooting occurred. The situation in FF will get worse before it improves.

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  • Polly PocketMarch 13, 2012 - 6:25 am

    As soon as I read Hayes Street, I knew the vic would be hispanic, since there was a recent shooting on Hayes Street, involving another Hispanic gang member. Atleast the suspects are keeping their crimes in their neighborhoods, so normal people have a better idea of what areas to avoid. All this senseless violence really needs to stop.

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  • Ms. JazzyMarch 13, 2012 - 8:16 am

    The vic as you call him was not hispanic nor was he in a gang..Get your facts straight before you start running off at the mouth. You sound ignorant.

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  • ashleyMarch 13, 2012 - 8:29 am

    What is normal people? "Senseless people shouldnt make comments"

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  • Bill GriffinMarch 13, 2012 - 9:31 am

    By normal people, do you mean non Hispanics, non gang members or both? I'm neither but live in this neighborhood. Pretty hard to avoid going in.

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  • Polly PocketMarch 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

    By normal I mean people that are not involved in criminal activities and the gang/drug dealing lifestyle. People minding their own business, raising their kids and working in their yard should not have to worry about a bullet flying by them in the middle of the day.

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  • jazzysoulMarch 13, 2012 - 10:06 pm

    I would like to correct you Polly Pocket, the gent that was murdered on Hayes last night was not hispanic! He was Milato aka half black & half white. And he was not a gang member either! Never assume because you the family and friends of this "vic" as you say is someones Brother, Father, Friend, Lover, Son. I lived there for 33 years Mr David James was a friend of mine. I pray you never have to read comments on one of your loved ones is murdered. Old lessons need to be put in place here, think about what you say before you do so, you never know who you might hurt! RIP David!

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  • elvira mendezMarch 13, 2012 - 6:42 am

    This area is getting bad because everyone is buying cheap in this area and renting out the homes. i have lived in my home for ten years, we didn't have these problems till recently. this could happen in your area polly pocket. you need to get god into your life for your way of thinking. these people are human beings and no one deserves to die like that.

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  • Polly PocketMarch 13, 2012 - 7:54 am

    @Elvira I don't need God in my life to know that gangbangers with guns are killing each other.Tell me where I was wrong at. The victim was Hispanic,in a known Hispanic gang area. If anyone needs God in their lives, it's these bangers and drug dealers who continue to shoot each other, putting innocent peoples lives in danger, and the parents who condone their actions.I never said the vic deserved to die either.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 13, 2012 - 8:00 am

    If there really was such an all loving and powerful entity, surely we wouldn’t be having miserable experiences. Why should we law abiding citizens have to share our city and jeopardize our safety with these criminals? Look across the border to our South. Law enforcement gave up there too. The fact gangs of any sort exist in a city is wrong. The fact they are allowed to stay is incomprehensible. They are terrorist’s plain and simple. Why should they be less significant than those terrorist’s anywhere else? If any city having such infestation is going to survive, they need to defer to a Federal Agency for extinction of the problem.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 13, 2012 - 6:51 pm

    Somebody said I should burn in h**l, so I guess they got booted? I'd love to hear more as to why they responded like that. I haven't even begun to give anybody the business here.

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  • Glen FaisonMarch 13, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    @CD Brooks: Yes, that comment was removed as a violation of our terms of use.

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  • The SugarJarMarch 13, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Hi CD, I believe I was around 12 the first time I remember people telling me that. And these people weren't even mad at me. At least not then.

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  • MissMeMarch 13, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    @ Polly Pocket...you keep the the victim was hispanic. HE WAS NOT HISPANIC nor was he in a gang. Get your facts straight honey!

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  • Polly PocketMarch 13, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    Ok, the vic wasn't hispanic or in a gang, but the killer was. Still doesn't take away the fact that a hispanic gang member is doing what they do-shooting people out in the open with no regard for anyone or anything but themselves.

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  • jorge garciaMarch 15, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Am tired of all this talk about hispanics and how were all gangbangers, were the most hard workn race of all ok. Am not racist at all but to who r yes iam. Uwana say hispamics r in all gang related killing thers gangs in every race but at least hispanics aint out there robbing and killing or ploting t kill there own parent or massacre there high school . Unever hear bout a teen mexican trying t kill his parents

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  • 707truthMarch 13, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Thank you Governor Brown for releasing thousands of "non violent" predators back on the streets. You can't blame the police, everyone of the thugs that have been named in the paper (including the "victims") have long histories of catching lots of cases just to be placed on a loop of probation. Now all these thugs are getting out of prison early, thousands of them. Look, Governor Brown, what you did to our neighborhoods, this is only the beginning. Thousands more are to be released to Fairfield. Stay tuned!

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  • Fed UpMarch 13, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    This has nothing to do with Gov. Brown's decision to release low level offenders. What people dont realize is that those offenders are short to the house anyway. So, releasing them will only delay the inevitable for a very short time. That's because sentencing tend to be so light for these guys. One other thing, have you ever wonder about that seemingly perfect loaf of bread or box of cereal you regularly being home. Well, I worked at General Mills, in San Leandro. If you know what you are eating, you'd probably wanna grow your food and eat it instead. Point: we focus a lot on the criminals in or getting out of prison when the majority of the worst criminals live, work, and worship among you. You really have no clue! They just go undetected until they slip up!

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  • Vaca ResidentMarch 13, 2012 - 9:53 pm

    have you confirmed with the Sheriffs Department or the DA that the shooter is part of the new realignment law? doubtful.

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  • Fed UpMarch 14, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    No I didn't, Sir, but how many murders were committed in let's say Stockton, Oakland or even Sacramento before AB 109. A lot! People cry about the need to be tougher on crime, building more prisoners, locking prisoner up for longer periods of time. We tried this in the late 80s and early 90s, It didn't work! It costs too much and nobody wants to pay for it. Do you? We need to put the focus on getting better teachers, year long schooling, demand more from parents( make them accountable); more to prevent our childre from being the new criminal generation. That's the solution!

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  • Get your facts right PollyMarch 13, 2012 - 8:06 am

    Polly just wanted to put your concerned mind at ease. The victim was not hispanic as you keep impling. So maybe you dont need god in your life.....but you can quit with your back-handed racism. That is all.

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  • REALLY???March 13, 2012 - 8:12 am

    EXCUSE ME MR/MRS POLLY POCKET obviously you don't have your facts straight. The "HISPANIC GANG MEMBER" that you are referring too is not the person that was murdered! For the 1000th time, JESSIE was not in a GANG. Jessie was a person, a son, brother, grandson, father... he had no involvement in a GANG.. he was truly loved and because he was hispanic that does not make him a gang member. Wash out your "WHITENESS" and get some color in your life and in your soul. Obviously your canvass is white and you are clueless...

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  • T.J.March 13, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Maybe you should take that up with the daily republic and the police department. They CLEARLY keep saying that Jessie's shooting was a gang related shooting. You are venting your anger in the wrong direction by getting mad when people blog about what is reported. It DOSEN'T matter if we knew him or not. That is what is reported. Gang related shooting.

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  • Carlie DallasMarch 13, 2012 - 8:22 am

    SO lets get this story straight, was the person that died Hispanic or Black? Cause there are no Whites in the area unless they are the wannabe types, the hat to the side thinking they are black whites that live in that area. So whats his race so we can move on to another story, because these stories of the gang killings are just getting old and played out in the area. They will kill each other off and then we dont have to worry about them anymore.

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  • KDIVA17March 13, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    CARLIE, Truth be told, the victim of last night's shooting was a close friend of mine. He was biracial, his father black, his mother German. Sooooooo....does that make a difference now? It shouldn't. But the first shooting victim in that area this year, was a hispanic male. I think the way the 2 stories run together is causing confusion.

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  • V MMarch 13, 2012 - 8:30 am

    There are whites that live in the area, some that have been there for years and are not wannabes as you have called them. This was a 47 year old man that was killed, I hope he was not into the life (gang banging) at that age.

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  • disgruntled citizen.March 13, 2012 - 8:34 am

    lol @ calling someone racist and then assuming they are white. whos the racist now? bring back public hangings. left wing tree huggers need a reality check. no one fears the system and this is the result of it. line um up and shoot um down. see how many tough guys are left in the streets then.

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  • VirgoNiqueMarch 13, 2012 - 8:49 am

    The victim was black non gang member... The suspect in hispanic!

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  • R. QuinneyMarch 13, 2012 - 9:12 am

    I am so disgusted with the way MY community feels about victims of crimes. Their focus is what race the victims are or how many times they have been arrested. That is irrelevant. These are children and adults that have lived in Fairfield most of their lives. Where is the loyalty. I don't know Mr. Amaya nor the gentleman that was killed last night, but my deepest sympathy goes out to both families. I do know Quincey and I know that he was a very kind hearted soul and did not deserve to die the way he did. Vedell and his cousin were young men who lives were cut too short. What we all need to remember is that any murder is the VICTIM. They are not suspect and should not be talked about as such. Our focus should be how we can stop the violence and take our community back. The bad people are the MURDERERS, not those that are MURDERED.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 13, 2012 - 10:23 am

    R. Quinney, your anxiety over the loss of you family must be overwhelming. I did not know them or the circumstances around their deaths and as a parent I cannot imagine your sense of frustration and anger. The race of the perpetrators and victims is not relevant. However, the crimes the murderer’s committed and the number of times they were arrested most certainly is. Unfortunately, many involved in crime or with criminals cannot remove themselves and get arrested again or killed. The problem we have now is the number of gun crimes and the ease with which these people seem to pull the trigger without hesitation. They need to be dealt with and removed from society. When somebody shoots another when it is for "sport" or in anger not in self defense, they are no longer "good." I am sick to death hearing about a murderer being called "good" and a "victim." We need to get rid of the criminal element so we law abiding citizens can live and raise our families without fear of unprovoked violence. These folks running around have no compunction in killing you just because. They have got to go.

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  • Hmmm......March 13, 2012 - 12:46 pm

    R. Quinney, you are missing something: When people who sling dope, carry guns, and join a "group of friends" to commit crime get shot and killed the community will not, and should not take much pity upon them. Q. Quinney and the people he hung out with were criminals, lived the "street life," and had an extensive history of drug sales and assaults. He was not a kind hearted soul. Our communities are falling apart because thousands of hardened criminals are being released to the streets thanks to Governor Browns Bill AB 109, the fact that people don’t take charge of their communities, and don’t support the police departments. Take a stand against crime, tell the police what you saw/hear, and support more prisons to house those people who have proven they are unable to function in society or follow the rules. For those of you who decided to do what you want, whenever you want, and to whomever you want, do it in prison or jail where you belong. Leave those of us who obey the law and focus on our families and community alone.

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  • FPDFPDMarch 13, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    R. Quinney, you are missing something: When people who sling dope, carry guns, and join a "group of friends" to commit crime get shot and killed the community will not, and should not take much pity upon them. Q. Quinney and the people he hung out with were criminals, lived the "street life," and had an extensive history of drug sales and assaults. He was not a kind hearted soul. Our communities are falling apart because thousands of hardened criminals are being released to the streets thanks to Governor Browns Bill AB 109, the fact that people don’t take charge of their communities, and don’t support the police departments. Take a stand against crime, tell the police what you saw/hear, and support more prisons to house those people who have proven they are unable to function in society or follow the rules. For those of you who decided to do what you want, whenever you want, and to whomever you want, do it in prison or jail where you belong. Leave those of us who obey the law and focus on our families and community alone.

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  • ExactlyMarch 13, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    I wish the day would come when all these little hoodrats realized it is cooler to have some class than to act like trash.

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  • Polly PocketMarch 13, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Why wouldn't/shouldn't taxpayers be concerned about how many times a "victim" has been arrested, or what kind of life they were living that led to their death? We already know that Vedell was shot a few years back when he tried to rob the wrong people, and they shot him with his own gun. He obviously didn't learn from that, and continued living the wrong life, until he was murdered, and his cousin was arrested for his murder! No the bad people aren't necessarily the murderers-the victims hanging out with those murderers are bad as well, they just don't have as good of aim as the murderers. Either their aim is off or they do have bodies behind them, they just didn't get caught. You can't defend the people living the wrong life while at the same time claiming you want to take your community back.That makes no sense. That's like buying bootleg cd's, but saying you support Netflix.

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  • JustthefactsmaamMarch 13, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Police believe Trahan, 21, and Rutherford-Chew, 18, along with Blake Johnson, 21, were part of two groups of men who came together in the parking lot of the town house complex in the middle of the afternoon to conduct what police have described as “a drug deal gone awry.” When you're making drug deals in the middle of the afternoon, you're not a productive member of society that people need to drop to their knees and grieve for. I have more grief for the innocent people who live in Parkway,and have to deal with losers and bs like this!

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  • disgruntled citizen.March 13, 2012 - 9:20 am

    preach on quinney, and im terribly sorry for your loss.

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  • REALLY???March 13, 2012 - 9:30 am

    Ignorance does not have no color. Understood. What I meant by "Whiteness" is that there is nothing that protrays other color in "POLLY POCKETS" comments. We are all human beings and whether we except it or not we are all brothers and sisters. These are all tragic circumstances and nobody deserves to die in such a calous and heartless way. Who are we to make assumptions of the victims and not feel sympathy for the them and their families?

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  • SobreakitdownformeMarch 13, 2012 - 9:41 am

    I'm not coming in for Polly pocket defense but please don't call her racist or that she needs to turn to god just because she believes the violence that occurred may be gang related. She may be more disgruntled than the rest of us that such occurrences are becoming more prevalent in our neighborhoods. There are problem areas in our city and shes probably referring to "normal people" as in people with a sense of where these trouble areas are to avoid. Because its not normal for someone with knowledge of trouble areas to go visit those areas. Again maybe Polly pocket was frustrated about the situation but I heard nothing that may indicate her as a racist.

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  • Slamn78March 13, 2012 - 9:48 am

    Last nights victim was not a gang member nor affiliated with any colors, he was a good friend of mine who was murdered in front of his house. Its unfortunate that the area in wich he lived is perceived by others as an area that this type of thing is known for. He was a victim , not the cause.

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  • annonMarch 13, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Sorry Polly, but your wrong and just making an assumption.

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  • annonMarch 13, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Sorry you're.

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  • SavetheRepublicMarch 13, 2012 - 10:28 am

    ??? Community based Gang Prevention Strategies www.dshs.wa.gov/word/ojj/GangPreventionPolicyBriefFeb2008.doc

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  • annonMarch 13, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Sorry R. Quinney I'm not buying it. Some victims are not victims. They put themselves in harms way because of their criminal life style. Just like some of the Hip hop artists that have been killed. What is the old saying. You can take the person out of the getto, but you can't take the getto out of the person. I'm just saying there are true victims and than their are the others we can all say it was a matter of time.

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  • R. QuinneyMarch 13, 2012 - 11:11 am

    Annon you are right. I can't speak for everyone, but I can defend my brother because I know him personally. He was no seasoned criminal.He made mistakes in his life, but they were crimes against himself, not another human being. I wish Solano Court Connect gave more details about the offense, because every time someone dies that is the source everyone uses to check their history. But how do we decide who are true victims. I am not trying to down play any other murders in Fairfield, but what made Matt Garcia' s life more valuable than any other victim. He was a troubled kid who changed his life around, but when he died the whole town became his "dream team." When Michelle Lee was murdered everyone felt sorry for her and her personal life and the things she was doing were not a factor in her death. I just think it's unfair for people to make assumptions based off what their personal opinions know the facts.

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  • ceceMarch 13, 2012 - 10:46 am

    yea and i bet your white trash...ok let me not be a racist like you....but what doesn it matter if he's hispanic black, red neck, or purple..point is a human lost his life someone's son, brother, father...have some respect...

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  • Chef T.J.March 13, 2012 - 11:01 am

    I'm a human just like all of you who shared your thoughts as are the criminals and victims in the above cases!.....I personally knew 2 of the 5 people murdered and regardless of if they were good people in any of our eyes they were fathers, brothers, sons, uncles and friends. I think that people need to keep those things in mind and simply remember people for the good the did and the smiles they brought! As far as the criminals, criminals are everywhere. Remember Enron? That was criminal activity.....who knows the trickle effect that could have had on thousands of people...?! However, we don't think about that always. Instead we point fingers and aim to blame. Well, I say if you want to solve a problem you work to find a solution for everybody not a way to blame people(races: black, white, mexican, etc.) for what happens in their neighborhoods!

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  • ceceMarch 13, 2012 - 11:03 am

    that comment was for Polly Pocket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • GusMarch 13, 2012 - 11:46 am

    I am so sorry for the victim, his family and friends. I lived in that neighborhood until last year, and I can remember each 4th of July and New Years, the hail of bullets that would rain down as the local gangsters and rednecks would fire their guns up in the air. For 4 years straight there was one guy a block or two over who would fire 9 shots as fast as he could pull the trigger for 9 or 10 clips. You call the PD and they would say "we have had numerous calls on that" - never saw a patrol car come by in 10 years -- too many guns in the hands of criminals, idiots and hot heads.

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  • Coach...March 13, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Why do we dance around the issue... Our local media says "Gang Related" why? because our local law enforcement sucks, and thats what they fall back on without knowing any facts. Thats why the crimes are on the rise, because you can get away with it. Check our local banks and you will see that some of them have pictures of "White males" who are wanted for bank robberies. Crime comes from all races. Gangs... yea right. This is not LA, Fresno, Frisco. How dare some of you show your insensitivity to the families that have suffered a loss. Show some compassion, some empathy, some love.

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  • annonMarch 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    fairf enough R. Quinney.

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  • Diana LipkinsMarch 13, 2012 - 12:41 pm

    Amazing!

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  • REALLY???March 13, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    First and foremost, Sorry for your loss Quiney... But Matt was not "A troubled Teen"... never was. He was a kid who stood up and made positive things, thus the dream teams being created. Dream Team is not just for Matt, it's for every teen every kid that lives in this city and deserves a safe and peaceful environment to grow up in. He was a true example of someone to look up to these days.. not to mention also his parents. Both who have been working around the clock trying to make a difference in this community. (Unlike the other parents that just sit back and wait for things to change without lifting a finger) they have put everything to try and make the community see that it's time to take this city back! Nobody, nobody deserves to die and every crime committed in this city is a crime against humanity, us. Nobody's death is more important, its all just a tragedy and in order to make the change, WE got to take the city back.

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  • MommyMarch 13, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Put the guns down, bring in some positive things for kids and young adults to do, create jobs, make them know that they do matter! This again is a horrific situation for any community, and it breaks my heart to hear people bickering back and forth about who and what this man was, the fact is he was human, regardless of life’s choices, no one should ever be gunned down on the street in cold blood. We as a community owe it to ourselves to end the violence and reclaim neighborhoods, we need to educate and positively reinforce the youth in our community that there are other ways of dealing with life through nonviolence. We need to be respectful of each other, and tolerate our differences whatever they may be. Robert F. Kennedy once said: "Victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one can be certain who next will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed, and yet it goes on, and on, and on, in this country of ours. Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily, whenever we tear at the fabric of our lives which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, whenever we do this, then the whole nation is degraded. Too often, we honour swagger and bluster and the wielders of force. Too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives from the shattered dreams of other human beings. But this much is clear, Violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls. For when you teach a man to hate and to fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color, or his beliefs or the policies that he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you, threaten your freedom or your job or your home or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens, but as enemies. To be met not with co operation but with conquest, to be subjugated, and to be mastered. We learn at the last to look at our brothers as aliens. Alien men with whom we share a city, but not a community. Men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in a common effort. We learn to share only a common fear, only a common desire to retreat from each other, only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. Our lives on this planet are too short, the work to be done is too great. But we can perhaps remember, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life that they seek as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, surely this bond of common fate, this bond of common roles can begin to teach us something, that we can begin to work a little harder, to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again." Let his words resonate.

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  • "Normal"March 13, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    I have to question what "normal people" look like. I am a white female, 38 years old, with two masters degrees working in a professional capacity. I have dogs, cats, and fish. I have teenage children. I live with an amazing man with similar accomplishments. We plant flowers and a garden, and love eating what we harvest. We also live in a home that has been in his family for almost 60 years. From the front porch of that home, we can see where last night's shooting took place and heard the shots. Because we live here, are we lower-class citizens to you?

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  • Adam SApril 15, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    Yes

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  • proud momMarch 13, 2012 - 4:18 pm

    people really need to get over themselves... you are assuming they are all hispanic or in a gang... it shouldnt matter what race they all that should matter is the violence thats going on in fairfield and we as a community should be thinking of ways to stop the violence instead of not worrying about and thinking they are going to just kill each other off anyways. what if these were your kids or friend or family? is this how you would want people talking about them... they are people too just because you feel that you have more then them or live a different life style DOES NOT MAKE YOU BETTER THEN ANYONE

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  • Fairfield Police statistics?March 13, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Last year Fairfield PD reported crime was down double digits!...I sure wish the Daily Republic would quit MAKING UP these heinous crimes that we keep reading about!

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  • TracyMarch 13, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    I guess if you live in the suburbs and take pain medication and shot up steal from ppl for drug money and then either get killed or over dose it will be accepted because you are not from the ghetto or of color wow. Let that be one of your family members how would u feel polly

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  • Angry CitizenMarch 14, 2012 - 10:22 am

    i can't believe what I'm reading. I don't like all these shootings, to be honest they've scared me enough to the point where I'm moving away. Yes a lot of shootings are gang related, or it teens with guns BUT I would never speak bad about them, their family OR THE VICTIMS. I understand some citizens are angry but voice your opinion in another way. Don't bash them right away. They have a family just like all of you. More than likely justice isn't served but talkin bad about the victims, suspects, neighborhoods & they're race ISN'T GETTING YOU ANYWHERE. just think twice next time you make a rude comment. R.I.P to Matt Garcia, Jessie, Josh, Ennis, Stevie & everyone else that has passed. You will be missed.

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  • my_kids_know_christMarch 14, 2012 - 10:37 pm

    First and FOREMOST......the old me would say...POLLY POCKET....you outa pocket! In the streets you don't go flappin you're gums bout buisness you should know that. And you prove a great point because its people that run there mouths that cause this retaliation that in turn causes innocent people to be hurt......or worse, you become the next "victim" SECOND.... how many of you people complaining about these issues have spoken out to you're children about core values honor respect loyalty? Teach you're child about the lord before you teach them hate! Love you're children and teach them to love others. Read you're child the Bible before sitting them in front of the t.v. PEOPLE in general do not teach core values anymore regardless of color creed ethnicity or financial status they are the same and this is the result! You want this to stop and you want a change, set a example and you change first!

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  • Fed UpMarch 15, 2012 - 10:10 am

    Amen! My Kids know Christ.! Whether you are a Christian or not the virtues and values extolled by the scriptures is the cure all if we would people would adhere: " If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Until then the killings and other manner of man made problems will occur.

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  • ArtimusMarch 17, 2012 - 1:25 am

    Your comment “Fed Up" is a small beacon of light that is true in these dark times. Imagine people actually turning from their evil ways as instructed by the God of biblical scripture. Imagine if people followed the law of love of preferring their fellow man over themselves. Imagine if men would follow scripture and actually loved their enemies and prayed for them. The reality of following these basic principles is not about helping us cope with the troubles but rather living in peace with each other.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 15, 2012 - 10:35 am

    The troubles the world knows will continue just as they have since the beginning of time and there is no remedy but death. If you believe otherwise and that helps you get through the day, wonderful. Many of us however, don't need that to manage our lives just as well.

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  • 707March 15, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    To everyone that cares for the town you live in, There will be a community meeting at Fairview school @ 7pm on Wed the 21st. It is very heart breaking with Fairfield has been going through to have 5 killing already in 2012.. We all must come together as one, show who ever they are not welcome here with all that evil. Lets take a stand with a lot of LOVE. Trust me Love will over come all.. God bless you all!!

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  • jorge garciaMarch 15, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    R.i.p for all those who lost there lifes in sensless violence no matter wat race u are

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  • E-August 09, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Jorge Garcia- Is this coco?

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  • StevenMarch 16, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    David was a very nice and caring man, and loving father. He was not in or affiliated with any gangs. He will be missed.

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  • Kimberly HennionMarch 16, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    I knew David, in fact he rented the house from me. He was a very nice man. He was very caring and a hard worker. He loved his kids and from what I knew he enjoyed life. The fact that he was gunned down is very very sad. He will be very missed. RIP David!

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  • JamieMarch 19, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    I am in shock as to what I have read throughout this discussion. "Polly Pocket" and the rest of her buddies that did not have a clue about the person that Clarence David James was; need to find something better to do with their time rather than make sensless, rude, degrading, iggnorant and disrespectful comments. Regardless what a person's past was or what they were a part of throughout their life, when the time comes that they leave the earth NO ONE including the family members left behind; deserve to have their name tarnished when they are a VICTIM. Dave will always hold a special place in my heart and may his kids, family and friends have this time to grieve over our loss. A person that makes iggggggnorant comments (Polly Pocket) is just as bad as a person that makes iggggnorrrant decisions (Alleged Gangbangers).

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  • Kimberly HennionApril 15, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Nicely Said Jamie!

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  • WowMay 26, 2014 - 5:28 pm

    I knew and went to school with Quincey. this kid was one of the most misbehaved, violent criminal in the schools system at the time. His sister Quameka just as bad. It's no wonder this mother lost two sons to "homicide". was probably self defense. anyone who revealed their actual names on here are brave as there are still some of these Quinney family members alive!

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