California shooting victims remembered for kind hearts

California shooting victims remembered for kind hearts

Sacramento, Calif. ( Associated Press) — A father of four. A best friend with a positive personality. A lively partygoer. Six people killed during a mass shooting in California’s capital city were remembered by their friends and family on Monday as police worked to unite.

Dozens of rapid-fire shots fired through the crowded streets of Sacramento early Sunday, killing three women and three men and injuring 12 others.

Investigators were looking for at least two shooters who were responsible for the violence during the closure of bars and nightclubs on the outskirts of the city’s main entertainment district. On Monday morning, small monuments with candles, balloons and flowers were placed near the crime scene.

Few details have been made public as investigators sift through evidence of what Police Chief Cathy Lester called a complex crime scene. Witnesses have presented more than 100 videos and photographs taken during and immediately after the shooting.

The Sacramento County coroner released the identities of the six people killed. They were Jontaya Alexander, 21; Melinda Davis, 57; Yamil Martinez-Andrade, 21; Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoe-Luchsee, 32; and Devazia Turner, 29.

Devazia Turner had four young children, including a 3-year-old daughter named Penelope, who had sticky fingers. But his bright yellow Mercedes CLS was always neat.

Born and raised in Sacramento, Turner played football from a young age until a knee injury slowed him down. He worked as a manager for an inventory company, keeping a close eye on the things his mom liked and telling her when they would go on sale.

“He was a keeper,” said his mother, Penelope Scott. “Raised him as a single mom, you know, he played the role of being the man of the house. He took care of everything.”

He worked five days a week with his father, Frank Turner. When they weren’t pumping iron, they were probably talking about cars. They both had old Buicks—Turner’s from 1973 while his father’s in 1970—and Turner had big plans for them. He had just ordered a new stereo and a steering wheel with a cherrywood finish.

Frank Turner said he plans to dismantle his son’s car, including painting it to include images of Devazia’s face for their children to see.

“I want them to see their daddy when they see that car,” said Frank Turner.

Devaziya visited her mother on Saturday, eating leftover pork chops and taking a shower before sleeping on the couch. When he woke up, he said he was going out—rare for him, because he works out a lot, Scott said.

Scott woke up around 1 a.m. and couldn’t sleep again. She was looking at her phone when she got a call that her son had been murdered.

“Your kids are about to bury you. You shouldn’t be doing that,” she said. “I’m grateful that he has a legacy with his kids. Although, you know, he’s 29. He didn’t make it until 30.”

The last time Frank Turner saw his son was at the auto shop where they were working on their cars. After his son’s death, a friend called Frank Turner and told him that their conversation was captured by the shop’s security cameras.

He saw the video – a father and son spending time together with a loved one – and he cried.

Her father told the Los Angeles Times that Alexander was holding off on turning 22. It was his birthday at the end of the month.

She hoped to become a social worker who worked with children and was a loving aunt to her nieces and nephews, John Alexander told the newspaper.

He told the Times that his daughter’s name was a combination of him and his older sister.

“She was just starting her life,” she told the newspaper, crying. “Stop shooting all this silly.”

As The Sacramento Bee reports, Davis was a “very sexist woman” who lived on the streets of Sacramento near the shooting site.

Sean Peter, a guide at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership who had known Davis for 15 years, told the newspaper that she had been homeless and had lived in the area for a decade.

Peter said officials had helped her find housing before the pandemic began, but she had returned to the city’s business district in recent months. A small bouquet of purple roses was left on the street in her memory with a note saying “Melinda Rest in Peace”.

“Melinda was a very eccentric person, a very sensual woman,” he told the newspaper. “It was his world, 24/7.”

Davis was a periodic guest at Maryhouse, a day center for women and children experiencing homelessness from 2016 to 2018, director Shannon Stevens said in an email to the Associated Press. Stevens remembered him as kind, but someone who didn’t do well in a crowd. She was seeking housing services at that time.

“It was a place she came to seek relief from the trauma of living on the streets of our city,” Sacramento Lowes & Fish, which runs the Maryhouse program, said in a statement.

Described as the life of the party by members of the family, Harris was a frequent presence at the London nightclub which is near the shooting scene.

“My son was a very lively young man,” his mother, Pamela Harris, told KCRA-TV. “Fun to be around, like to party, smile all the time. Don’t bother people. It’s crazy to have this happen. I’m at this point right now, I don’t know what to do. I don’t even think so.” That it’s true. I feel like it’s a dream.”

Unable to trace him for hours, his family members gathered at the spot on Sunday. Later that day, Harris was the first victim to be publicly identified by the coroner.

His wife, Leticia Harris, told KCRA-TV: “It is a sad and horrific act of violence that has taken many lives.” “I want answers so I can close for my kids.”

Martinez-Andrade was killed in front of her best friend, According to KXTV-TV.

As the station reports, she was described as “the light-bringer in the room”, and her outlook was positive.

“There was never a dull moment with him. He has a beautiful heart and a beautiful mind. Everyone misses him dearly,” his best friend, who did not wish to be named, told KXTV-TV.

A memorial with white and blue balloons, candles and two empty bottles of Hennessy was left a block from the shooting in honor of Joshua Hoe-Luchesey. On the ground, someone wrote “Josh”, visible in blue.

“I love you and miss you. Fourva en my heart!” Someone wrote on a white balloon in the shape of a star with a black marker. “Things will never be the same,” read another balloon.

This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Devazia Turner. This is Devajiya, not Devjiya.