Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date December 27, 2005
Contact Steven Frasher, Office of the Chief
Phone (951) 826-5147


Homicide of 11-year-old: Investigation continues



Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department continues to investigate the tragic and inexcusable shooting death of an 11-year-old boy on Sunday, December 25, 2005, at approximately 8:06 PM, at his home in the 6300-block of Antioch Avenue.

Homicide detectives are acting on leads that a dark-colored small import sedan had driven by around the time several shots were fired at the house. The occupant of that car -- described as a heavy Hispanic male, about 210 lbs., approximately 25-30 years of age, with a mustache and medium hair about three inches long -- is being sought for questioning by Detectives.

The victim and his family were new to the neighborhood; there is no apparent connection between the family or the targeted dwelling and any gang activity, although the shooting is similar to gang violence. Several deliberate shots were directed at a concentrated area of the front of the house. The Riverside Police Gang Unit is involved in the investigation.

Plans are in place to help ensure the safety of residents in areas of the city touched by recent gun violence.

The senseless and cowardly Christmas Day murder of an innocent child victim is the No. 1 priority for the Riverside Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this murder is urged to call Detective Greg Rowe at 951-320-8024 or Detective Steve Shumway at 951-320-8011.