South County Homicides 2012

Gangs are to blame for much of the violence, authorities say.

South County Homicides 2012

  • July 25: in a mixed-use building on the 200 block of Prospect Steet. A 22-year-old woman with him also was shot, but she survived. Michael Miller, 34, of Watsonville has been arrested in connection with the violence.
  • May 30: Fernando Martin Mendoza-Avila, 21, of Live Oak was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on the Freedom Boulevard overpass on Highway 1. Three young men from Prunedale have been arrested and charged with murder, gang participation and gun crimes. All have pleaded not guilty.
  • April 3: Ralph Cendejas, 42, of Watsonville was shot while mowing his neighbor's front yard on Dutchman Road. Sheriff's deputies investigated numerous leads, but no arrests have been made.
  • March 31: Brandon Gil, 21, of Watsonville was fatally stabbed during a fight outside Miramar Sports Bar on Main Street. Police said the stabbing was self-defense and did not arrest the man who killed Gil.

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David H. Perez May 31, 2012 at 04:36 PM
It seems like every time they arrest one of these gang dirtbags, five more appear in their place. When is this violence going to end? Parents out there, wake up and be aware of what your children are getting into before it is too late!
Angela Elmore- Gallardo June 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM
My suggestion.... Get every single one of them. Drop them ALL off at a shooting range and let them all have at it!!!! It would cut OUR tax paying dollars TO HOUSE THEM IN PRISONS where they are still conducting their crimes and would take so many of them off the streets! We'd save money and innocent people would be safe!
Angela Elmore- Gallardo June 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Now days it seems as though parents don't even care anymore... Or they are or were gansters too... And then the kids are raised to be around the same types of people that their parents were- Because after all... That's who their friends and family are... Most of the time. IF that's what they've been raised with. It's all pretty damn sick to me, and I'm tired of it!! Gangs get people no-where! Except for DEAD or in PRISONS!!! Nothing good ever ever comes out of gangsterhood.
David H. Perez July 26, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Well Manuel, judging from your lack of judiciousness (look it up) with your choice of words, I suspect you are one of the people we are talking about. Have a nice life in prison, if you last long enough to get there.
Watzon McWats July 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I know that the bulk of violence we experience in Watsonville is gang motivated. I know that local gangs sell drugs, participate in robberies, loiter, drink in public, and spray paint other people's property. What exactly is it that we're missing?
Jennifer Squires July 26, 2012 at 04:34 AM
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Wayne Green July 26, 2012 at 05:47 AM
These are the kinds of scum bags that ought to be put in concentration camps and gas chambers! Their kind breed like rats and drain our resources. To hell with these lunatics


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