DELANO, Calif. (KGET) — A memorial vigil was held in Delano on Monday to recollect a 19-year-old girl who was shot and killed in 2020. The memorial additionally honored victims of violent crime in Delano.
The vigil happened at Cesar Chavez Park, the place Nayeli Carrillo Gonzalez, 19, was shot and killed on Jan. 2, 2020.
On March 10, Delano police introduced three arrests in Nayeli Carrillo Gonzalez’s dying.
The vigil was held on the identical day one of many males arrested for her homicide made an look in court docket.
Delano police mentioned Kevin Gonzalez, 18, of McFarland, and Bakersfield residents Jonathan Gutierrez, 21, and Alexander Carrillo, 18, have been arrested. Gutierrez had a listening to scheduled on Monday nevertheless it was postponed to March 21. He stays in custody with no bail.
Nayeli Gonzalez was a freshman at Fresno State and residential for winter break when the capturing occurred.
The arrests have been one of many causes Pastor David Vivas Jr. organized the memorial vigil and invited different households who’ve misplaced family members to violent crimes to affix in as nicely.
Vivas’ 21-year-old son, Adam Rene Guillen, was additionally misplaced to gun violence on Jan. 31, 2020, whereas he was attending a vigil in Delano.
There are practically 30 homicides nonetheless unsolved in Delano.
“That is only a reminder to all households in Delano, that we do care about them, we’ve not forgotten about their circumstances,” Vivas mentioned. “We’re right here as we speak to specific our empathy, our hope that these circumstances will quickly be solved.”
On July 2, 2020, two women, 11-year-old Makeliah Rayann Osorno and 12-year-old Elayna Saidee Dorig, have been killed in a mass capturing at a party in Delano. Their circumstances stay unsolved.
Makeliah Osorno’s grandmother, Lisa Lopez, attended Monday’s vigil and mentioned she feels pissed off. Lopez mentioned the dying of her granddaughter left her household feeling damaged.
“They killed, shot two little women and someone is aware of one thing,” Lopez mentioned. “My granddaughter gained’t be forgotten or Elayna or anyone else. Too many killings in Delano and it’s a small neighborhood. This destroyed us, destroyed our complete household. It took our happiness away.”
Delano Police Chief Tyson Davis encourages the neighborhood to name the division if they’ve any details about an unsolved case.
“You could simply have a small sliver of data, however which may be the lacking piece of the puzzle that the police division must put the case collectively, establish who the suspect or suspects are and to make arrests and produce justice for the household,” Davis mentioned.
Carl Harris attended Monday’s vigil in help of Nayeli Carrillo Gonzalez’s household and to help different households who’re mourning the lack of a liked one misplaced to violence. Harris mentioned he hopes these households are in a position to get justice as his household did for the lack of his son, Cody Jamal Harris, who was killed on Nov. 18, 2013.
“There’s loads of deaths that proceed to go on in our neighborhood and I’m there for all of the victims’ mother and father, family members who’re misplaced alongside the way in which,” Harris mentioned. “Somebody on this neighborhood is aware of precisely what occurred to all those that haven’t received justice and I say to all these on the market, come ahead.”
If in case you have any data on an unsolved case, name Delano Police at 661-721-5500. You may also stay nameless by calling Kern Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.