UPDATE: Teen Fatally Shot Outside Watsonville High School Identified

The 18-year-old man was fatally shot outside the high school at 7:54 p.m.

This article was modified at 6:36 p.m. to add the victim's name and that the shooting was gang-related.


An 18-year-old man fatally shot outside a high school in Watsonville was identified Saturday evening.

Marco Ortega, of Watsonville, was a known associate of a local, criminal street gang but it was not determined whether he was a member as well.

Police were investigating the shooting as gang-related but no motive has been established and four men were being sought in connection with the attack, police said.

Though the crime occurred in a back parking lot at Watsonville High School, and though there were events occurring at the time of the shooting, the crime itself is not, in any way, related to Watsonville High School or the students who attend classes there, police said in a written news release.

The shooting -- it occurred shortly before 8 p.m. -- was in a remote area of the campus; no one saw anything, police said.

Officers determined that the victim was in a parking lot outside Watsonville High School,  250 E. Beach St., when he was confronted by at least two suspects.

The suspects shot the victim multiple times before running off, according to police.

The victim was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, police said.

After giving a statement to police, the victim died from his injuries at the hospital, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to contact police at (831) 768-3352 or call the crime tip line at (831) 768-3544.

The name of the victim has not been released and the homicide remains under investigation, police said.

Bay City News contributed to this report

Jen. X. February 18, 2013 at 01:04 AM
The Brown Berets are bringing a new Aztec culture to this land. Come to a meeting at 555 Main St and learn about the new Mexicano culture from Commander A's teachers. Or you can b one of the haters.
Ale Zamora February 18, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Here all you people are commenting bad things about Watsonville and its people, but that's it. How pathetic. If you care so much, why don't you do something about it instead of talking like poisonous snakes, just waiting for something bad to happen in Watsonville, and begin your arrogant rants. I am a Watsonville teenager and even I am doing something to help improve our community, but people like you make it so much difficult. I am ashamed to have such immature "adults" in my community. You guys are the problem, because you just wait for problems to be fixed on their own.
unclebeto February 18, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Brown Beret,Black Beret, and Green Beret; Live by the Gun and Die by the Gun.
Wacka floka February 18, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Jen x ur one dumb lady for real and and the brown berets are lame ive never heard about you guys doing anything positive for this community all you guys do is smoke weed at the bike shack and you are white you are not mexican and aztec culture is in the past it maybe can still be alive but you low lifes cant change it
Jim Jennings February 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Just reading some of these comments should explain the violence problem in Watsonville. What a shame. Watsonville used to be a very nice town to live in. "Wacka floka" is a prime example of the ignorance associated with the culture of the wanna-be men of the street gang bangers. They are all low life punks.
Mina February 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Namecalling will not lead to acceptance or respect for any culture!!! Gang violence has proven only one thing and that one thing is MORE violence!!!! How many more killings will it take before the violence subsides???. As for any culture, children learn what they live!! Admiration and respect are the result of embracing peace as the only alternative to VIOLENCE!!!! Watsonville is only one of the thousands of American cities facing the destructive outcomes of the gang mentality. Self respect can be atttained but it requires continual efforts by individuals.No one said that it is an easy task to denounce violence but until the Latino youth get onboard, people of other racial backgrounds will have little or no respect for the Brown Beret Mentality. Mostlly because it perpetuates Violence!!!
randy February 18, 2013 at 06:39 PM
@uncle I respectfully ask that you not include the Green Berets in with the Brown berets or black berets. The Green Berets are United States Army Special Forces. My cousin proudly served two tours of duty with the green berets in Viet Nam. He flew helicopters in to the zones of fire to pick up wounded men and women .... His brother was one of the ones dropped out of the helicopter to pick the men/women up to load in baskets. So DO NOT associate them with the anti military Brown Berets who could care less that men and women lose their lives to give them the freedom to act like they do. Bill and Butch.... you are both my heroes. Miss you Bill
Xitlali February 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I think its obvious that Jen X. is not Jennifer whatever her last name is (Alejo boyfriend). I think that this is Randy or McWats or one of the i swear i'm not racist people.
Xitlali February 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Oh yes, Jacob is on your side. The conspiracy is proven. Although I think JenX is a fakey account I think all would agree that he never takes the time to come to actual reporting in Watsonville that isn't "what do you think about president's day" or "what should we name this place." Patch is a LAME place where moron brown berets and unconscious white supremacists come to b.s. each other.
randy February 18, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Jen... Why do we need the NEW Aztec faith here? And you are a racist. I do not like your reference to my cousins time in the service as being BABY KILLERS. And who prey tell is the LOCAL COMMANDER that orders the armed forces to stop? Who GAVE you the freedom to spew your venom? It was the ARMED FORCES that fought for it. Your nonsense is nothing more than ridiculous venom. Also, if you are a brown beret, it is against their code of ethics to discuss the BB to others. The BB are not NON violent but because of how you worded your first sentence, you are correct on this part. "The Brown Berets are a HATE GROUP bringing racial justice and promoting the new Aztec faith here in Watsonville" This is how I interrupt your comment. Can you explain why it is that L. Alejo... and even F.Hernandez don't even mention the BB in their campaigns and why it is that Alejo had most of the web posts connecting him to the BB removed? Ashamed... LOL Another thought, looks to me like the BB has lost a lot of steam in Watsonville but are moving toward the Salinas area. Are you going to join them? Randy, sick of the BB and them taking advantage of freedom they have because of our Armed Forces.
Xitlali February 18, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Brown Berets are little kids including some that look fifty and are trying to be cool. People who say they run things are morons. Even Alejo, he doesn't run diddly squat. Him and the Berets just help to enable Carlos Palacios and company. If you watch Disney movies, Palacios is like the "Jaffar" of Watsonville - he runs things, runs them into the ground for a cute couple hundred grand plus perks And the green berets for their part are pawns of imperialists who are sent out to kill the barbarians of the world: chinks, skinnies and beaners right? HOORAH!
jose lopez February 18, 2013 at 08:22 PM
thug life.
randy February 18, 2013 at 08:29 PM
@xitlali.. I agreed with you until I read the part of the Green Berets. Are you talking about the Armed Forces Green Berets? I hope not. Not only was my cousin a Green Beret in the military but a paramedic. I have read about and studied the BB for years. They talk of respect. Were they respecting the First Lady of California when they ran her out of town? Bunch of bullies that don't even know history (do to space, I will post the code of conduct next)
randy February 18, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Here is the BB code of conduct. It has been changed since I first read it in 2000. Pay attention to 10... 11 and 12. Brown Beret Code of Conduct 1. The primary purpose of the Brown Berets is service to our community. Although we work in solidarity with different organizations and on a variety of issues, our primary focus is our locality. All members will strive for the improvement of our community and society and fight oppression on all levels. All members will help in all organizational events and functions. 2. It is the duty of every Brown Beret member to strictly observe, practice, and educate each other about our philosophy and goals. Education is one of our primary concerns. 3. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted by any member at any Brown Beret function or event. Any community member under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs will be asked to leave our meetings and return when sober. 4. No Brown Beret member shall divulge information about another Brown Beret or internal organizational business. 5. All members will conduct themselves with absolute respect and professionalism when dealing with themselves, each other, and the public. The eyes of the community and adversaries are constantly on us, so we must be aware of our actions and comments. All berets will support each other at all times with the highest form of carnalismo/a. (continued)
randy February 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM
6. There will be no gossip or rumors spread about any active member. Any grievances, discrepancies, or personal disagreements should be brought to the table (organization) to be discussed and worked out in a professional manner. 7. Absolute equality. There will be no hierarchy, our positions of responsibility are for the service of the whole organization and are shared equally between female and male Brown Beret members. There will be no machismo (sexism), egocentricity, ageism, or racism within our organization. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. 8. Membership is open to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, or sexual preference. (however, guidelines will be set for membership). 9. No Brown Beret will speak on behalf of the organization to the meeting or public meetings without the consent of the organization (recruitment on personal levels is highly encouraged) All political action decisions will be made collectively and consensually.
randy February 18, 2013 at 08:34 PM
10. All Brown Berets will respect and care for our Earth and all its creatures. We will not engage in pollution or any destruction of our environment. 11. We absolutely discourage our members from enlisting in the U.S. military. This institution has been used as a tool by the Power Elite for capital gain around the world. We believe youth should pursue the path of EDUCATION and LIBERATION, not destruction. 12. We will not utilize or instigate violence to achieve our goals, however, we reserve the right to defend ourselves by any means necessary. 13. Fail to adhere to our Brown Beret Code of Conduct will result in organizational hearings or disparagement from the organization. Any changes or questions regarding these codes should be addressed to the organization as a whole
Xitlali February 18, 2013 at 08:51 PM
@Randy, I don't care about their code. Their just another club in town, nothing more nothing less. As for the green berets, they are imperialists and kill babies and destroy foreign lands. I admit that I'm comfortable living in the empire, but we do live in an imperialist empire. Brown berets do moronic things like protest Maria Shriver to feel good but at least they point that out. Other than that they are just little kids
Gram Hill February 18, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Why is it that these racist rants are allowed to run rip rap on the patch but when a local political figure is called fat the remarks are removed. Seems like a double standard to me.
Mark Chavez February 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Patch Wars!!!
Mark Chavez February 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Wow! Its amazing to see what people really think.. Theirs some educated people, Some Ignorant and Some just plainly Misinformed.. Nice.. I think everyone here needs to take a breather. Relax yourselves..
Sergio February 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM
@ Jen of the new age - think long and hard about these questions. Would these lands you refer to as being invaded by whites be in better shape if they had not? Would Mexico today be any different if this was still Mexican land? If you believe Mexico would be better of, please explain why. My opinion is that we would be having the same conversation minus "We has the right because the white man, like you randy, has invaded our lands" comment.
Danny Contreras February 18, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Its sad How many PEOPLE just comment here on these sites and are just being part of the problem and Not being apart of the "solution." If you want to see change in the community then you be that change!!!!! Get involved !!!!!!! there are numerous ways to help out. One way is to get involved in AVP Alternatives to Violence Project, it is a experiential group that helps people see there is no difference between themselves and another person. It shows people better ways to communicate and it shows we all have alot more in common then we think we do. If you want to sign up, we are actually having a workshop this weekend feb 22, 23, 24th fri 6-9 pm, sat n sun 9am-530pm in watsonville at Defensa De Mujeres.. to sign up you have to call linda McCue at 831-726-2093 or Betty Devalcourt 831-234-9512....... Why sign up because you can use these tools to help out others and yourself. Once your a trained Facilitator we can reach more people and run more groups so we can make a difference in OUR community..... You can also look AVP-CA up on facebook and google....
mikeyg February 19, 2013 at 12:32 AM
To many stupid people listen I'm an ASSOCIATE of NSWC not jumped in just hang around I've never been shot at jumped or anything for being an ASSOCIATED people get killed for being in a gang claiming their on a gang or Just pissed off the wrong people LISTEN people!!! nortenos run Watson and that's a fact there's atleast 3 nortenos for every sureno LISTEN there will NEVER be a cease fire there already youngsters willing to to worst than their olders LISTEN WATSONVILLE MAYOR you need to make some moves and get some companies to establish here and encourage young kids from elementry to college to work once a a 15 18 year old get their first check they will love the work and money more than the streets it dosent guarantee it will stop them from ASSOCIATING BUT it will stop them from actually JOINING PROUD TO BE FROM WATSONVILLE AKA FRESAVILLE SSSSHHHAAAAUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Chavez February 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM
MikeyG has a point, Words from the "horses mouth" Rite on lil brotha.. We need to stop this nonsense and focus on making positive changes. So that our future can Have a future.. Theirs plenty of negativity out there, Why would you want to keep adding to it? Come on people, Wake up. We all live in the real world together. What are you going to do to Change it? Less talking and more action..
mikeyg February 19, 2013 at 01:51 AM
We can all do something to change the community everyone always says take charge less talk more action blah blah blah it don't mean anything if u don't take action I for one change my community by steering my lil cousins n brother in the right path I hope every one follows my lead
Sylvia Lazo February 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Gram hill: I emailed the author of this article asking her to remove particular derogatory and/ or racially inflammatory statemeents, incuding those of Jen. X; I cut n pasted some in the email, and several days later I see she has neither dine so, nor has she replied to my enail as I requested. Double standard is right, to say the least. Nuff said, eh?
Sylvia Lazo February 24, 2013 at 05:24 PM
*done, *email ... :)
Rachel R. February 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Okay people Marcos Ortegas was not in a Gang he was a good boy he went to school had a life like any other kid. seaching for a dream!
Eve Pearlman February 28, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Hi @Cathy P and others. I'm just scrolling through and deleting overtly racist comments. I would encourage everyone to bring inappropriate comments to my attention directly, eve@patch.com
Jennifer March 02, 2013 at 05:22 AM
This is Jenn Laskin and FYI- I am not posting as jen X...that is someone else, you are confused. It seems alot of the comments "she" wrote were deleted anyway, probably because they were ridiculous, here I am anyway to clarify, that Jen X is not me. Why don't YOU, the well meaning and caring people on this Patch comments section...accept the invite from Danny Contrearas and come together face to face and build something positive instead of being stuck to a computer, reading fake blog posts and getting angry at imaginary people with fabricated ideas? I no long even live in the area, I am in law school on the east coast. Because Watsonvilel is small enough, and has community minded people, with elected official you can access, you might like to talk poorly of your elected officials on line but I know for a fact you can go emet with them face to face and probably have better results...there is alot of potential for conversation and to build something positive with the youth as well. You all might hate the Brown Berets, but when that group was active, they did alot of positive activites and events for 18 years....EIGHTEEN YEARS, and had the support of almost everyone in their endeavors, recived many awards and recognitions. And no matter what you all say...no youth was every hurt, arrested, violent, etc at a brown beret event or meeting. So open your minds past that HISTORY and move forward in a good way with your ACTIONS not just your words on this blog.


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