Update: Police identify man killed Sunday in Edgewood
by TP staff
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The Tracy Police Department is investigating the first homicide in Tracy in two years.

The victim of a fatal shooting in Tracy’s Edgewood neighborhood has been identified as 25-year-old Darell Esguerra, a Tracy resident, Sgt. Steve Beukelman said Monday morning.

Beukelman said the shooting took place during a birthday party on the 1900 block of Notre Dame Court.

According to a Tracy Police Department news release issued on Sunday, police received numerous calls about shots fired around 1:21 a.m. on the court in question. Officers found the victim, now identified as Esguerra, with a gunshot wound outside a residence. He was not responsive and was pronounced dead two hours later at a local hospital.

Beukelman said on Monday that the investigation was ongoing and that investigators were not ready to release any additional information.

The last homicide in Tracy occurred Sept. 19, 2012. Victor and Samantha Garcia, brother and sister, stabbed Phillip Gregory Sanchez to death near his home on West Whittier Avenue. Both pleaded guilty to playing a role in Sanchez's murder in June 2013.

Anyone with information about Esguerra's death is urged to contact Detective Ricardo Hernandez at 831-6631 or contact Tracy Crime Stoppers to make an anonymous tip at 831-4847.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

 

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Saurus
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August 17, 2014
If the police went door to door and woke someone up it may have been for your own good. Who knows, it may be they were a neighbor of yours and not someone that the victim knows as it was reported. If you believe the media doesn't know the full story, why should we believe your grumpy old neighbor story. Maybe they were out looking for a home to burglarize and instead found someone walking to his car. Bottom line if they're in their home minding their own business and not making noise at night, then let them enjoy their family time. From what I see, they didn't deserve that or the hateful neighbor's comments.
rayderfan
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August 18, 2014
The problem is these parties are never just a quiet, peaceful little family get together where everyone is enjoying their family and lumpya. It was another one of the all night, loud music and people outside yelling and shouting parties.

That is until the police, ambulance and fire department showed up. Then it became a sirens blaring, lights flashing, people yelling, crime scene with even more noise and ruckus.

I guess maybe the family that was enjoying their time together should have offered some lumpya to the person who shot their loved one.

rayderfan
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August 12, 2014
Sorry to hear of this as Tracy is a pretty quiet community when it comes to homicides, although I do have a question.

What were these people doing having a birthday party at 1:21 a.m.?

I realize this is a private party but it should be pretty clear to everyone that a party that runs that late into the night will involve alcohol, and nothing good comes from late night parties and alcohol.

Just say in'.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 12, 2014
They weren't partying in the streets. Read it in the other paper. They were just going to their cars.
rayderfan
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August 13, 2014
I'm not sure where you got the idea that I said the party was outside in the street, as I never said that.

I still think that nothing good comes from a party that lasts into the wee hours of the morning. Why someone would hold a party that goes until that time is beyond me.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
Maybe they're just enjoying some time together and some lumpya like all close knit families do to help a family member celebrate his new home. What is so difficult to understand? Not everybody is like you or has to think the same way you do to be a good family or be looked down on, if you deem them worthy or not.
rayderfan
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August 13, 2014
You're right, they don't have to be like me but they do have to be responsible for the type of people they bring into a neighborhood. Keep in mind the concept of a neighborhood does not just involve one household and the activities of one household can have significant impacts on those who live around that household.

From what I've read, it appears someone either at that party, or in the vicinity of that party was of questionable character, otherwise, the person who was murdered, would not have been.

Don't the people who were holding the party have some responsibility for this? I think so!

This is why I said, nothing good ever comes from a party that lasts until that time of the morning. Normal people don't have parties that last until 1:21 a.m. unless that's your definition of normal.

Either way, I think (and this is strictly my opinion) that it was unfortunate for the person who was murdered, but nothing good ever comes from a party that lasts until this time of the morning.

myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
And, I'm sorry, but where did you read this? Is it in another newspaper?
rayderfan
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August 13, 2014
It was in ertion's post below.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
The Stockton Record says that the victim didn't know the gangsters that committed the robbery. Ertions comments were about a suicide that happened in the same week.

And the Tracy Press editor replied to ertion saying that the Tracy Press does not cover suicide investigations. That was a different topic and it was unrelated to the robbery. Later that day the Tracy Press editor deleted their comments

You were reading the wrong information about a suicide investigation. That was a private conversation between ertion and the Tracy Press.
rayderfan
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August 14, 2014
Thanks for clarifying that. I stand corrected, but it still doesn't encourage me to change my opinion about late night parties.

I believe that clearly, if everyone was home in bed where they should be at that time of the morning, then the person who was shot would not have been in a position to be victimized.

Mind you, everyone has the freedom to do as they please but I believe that everyone should be in their homes by that time of morning.

Just sayin'.
rayderfan
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August 14, 2014
Keep in mind that partying until all hours of the morning may attract unwanted visitors to your area and who knows what those people's intentions are, as is the case in this situation.

I am sure the neighbors weren't to pleased when the PD, Fire Department, Ambulance and crime scene investigators all showed up with sirens blaring and lights flashing. I am also sure the PD went house to house pounding on people's doors to try to locate witnesses and possibly a suspect. I am certain this disrupted the residents in close proximity to the crime scene and caused a lot of additional unwanted attention on people who were not at all involved. In fact, I know this with absolute certainty as I live in close proximity to where this happened and I was awakened by all the activity.

So keep in mind that when you stay up until all hours of the night having parties there might be unanticipated consequences that disrupt other people's lives and cause great inconveniences for those who otherwise choose to live their lives in a peaceful, law abiding manner.
useurbrain
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August 12, 2014
Very sad for the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. I also pray they find the persons responsible for this.
ertion
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August 12, 2014
Yes, condolences for the family for their loss and what they're going through now.

But, why put your heads down in the sand, as if that would protect you. Critique is not blame, by the way...

I would not be so quick to believe the Stockton Record's story either. Do you think people "from Stockton and Oakland" cruise around Tracy neighborhoods at 1:30 in the morning looking for marks to rob? I'm not so sure about that. It might be what happened. It would certainly change things here if that were true.

This story will continue to unfold...
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
Ask the town sherrif. Every time a bank is robbed they are caught in Oakland or Stockton. Every city is off of a freeway and that is what happens. Every sherrif has to be on the lookout for this type of activity. For years a lot of the gang activity has been involved with gangs from other cities. That's why its quiet for a while. You need to go have a talk with the town sherrif if you don't believe it.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
What change?

A cop on every street corner?
ertion
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August 13, 2014
what changes if we've got gang bangers cruising around shooting the citizens? folks need to look to their own protection, that's for sure. CCW permit applications would surely increase, and the rationale for denying them would vanish.

Police do not protect so much as they apprehend, after the fact. Folks need to look to their own protection. Especially if it turns out that this murder was a random act of opportunity.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
They won't give out permits like that anymore. The town sherrif is known for denying request for permits. This is not Florida.
ertion
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August 13, 2014
"The town sherrif is known for denying request for permits"

A recent ruling from a federal judge in our district (Ninth Circuit) has changed this. Soon it won't matter what the chief's personal feeling are about this.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 13, 2014
So what would it change? Would it have helped when most people don't have the know how or the spirititdness? I doubt it will have more than a small percent of impact overall.

The Stockton Record said the victims did not know the people who did this. Most criminals would look for someone who they think would be easier to rob. Maybe that's why they were driving around. Or looking for cars to steal.

Any rate the person carrying may not be holding up a flag saying I carry heat. But they might feel better when they read a story about someone else? Not much else than feeling REALLY GOOD AND WARM inside?

If it really works I would be all for it. On the other hand, I have doubts about the effectiveness. I think the town sherrif should come up with some ideas. We used to have a sherrif years ago and he hung out at the coffee shops. I don't know what they do these days because I don't hang out at the coffee shops anymore. Its been years.
ertion
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August 14, 2014
"...The Stockton Record said the victims did not know the people who did this..."

Not to quibble or be heartless toward the family, but the Stockton Record merely reported what a family member **SAID**. People do not always tell the truth, especially when they have reason not to. I'm NOT saying this is the case here, but that is surely how the police are handling this.

The police are no doubt busy trying to confirm this and determine whether there was more to this incident than just being a random robbery attempt, as part of the effort to find the perps.

Professor John Lott has written an extensive study of crime rates for every county in the USA and concluded that crime rates DROP when people are allowed to carry, precisely because the crooks don't know who is armed. See his book, More Guns Less Crime.
myFrozenToyotaTundra
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August 12, 2014
I wholeheartedly agree with TracyRAP.

It doesn't matter how many reporters. Based on press'es track record, I'm sure they are working on it and will have a slant on the story by Fridays printed edition.

But it is sad to see people playing the blaming game. The only ones to blame are the criminals driving here from Oakland and Stockton during the day to rob banks and at night to pull this garbage.

Pray for the family's lost.

That's all folks!!!
rayderfan
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August 16, 2014
Do you know for sure the perps were from Oakland or the East Bay? If so that would be good information to share with the police.
ertion
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August 12, 2014
I'm not sure I understand the assertion that TP has no reporters. If TP has no reporters, then exactly how does it get the stories it does have in its newspaper?

We're not not necessarily talking major crime reporting skills here. Just normal reporting skills. Just drive your tookus over to the neighborhood and ring some doorbells.

I'm also happy that we have less of this than Stockton. All the more reason for a greater scrutiny when this does happen. As residents and property owners we have a justified and vested interest in knowing the details. Geeze, just asking a cop what he knows isn't reporting.
ertion
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August 11, 2014
Can anyone tell me why the Tracy Press has no details whatsoever, yet an out of town newspaper (Stockton Record) has copious details, such as statements from parties involved? It apparently was a robbery.
Wobbley
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August 12, 2014
I think because the Stockton Record has actual reporters. Particularly reporters good at getting this type of scoop.
TracyRAP
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August 12, 2014
The reporters in Stockton have to deal with reporting this kind of stuff almost every day so they get very good at it.

I, for one, am glad the TP does not have more experience with these stories.
exg101
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August 11, 2014
It was a murder, read on...

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140811/A_NEWS/408110313&cid=dmc
mtrew
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August 11, 2014
I understand now. Sad but still newsworthy to my neighborhood. My kids were outside walking. Could have been dangerous.
mtrew
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August 11, 2014
I will look. My neighborhoods incident happened about 9pm last night near Hirsch school.
mtrew
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August 11, 2014
Yes crime drama. I agree. However we thought we heard several shots. ???s
jimf01
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August 11, 2014
Use the website crimemapping.com. I got an email that reported a suicide by gun in that area Sunday night.
cporria
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August 11, 2014
I am in the same neighborhood and yes, there were several gun shots and it was self inflicted gun shot wound.
mtrew
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August 11, 2014
Sunday night a gunman in my neighborhood. Police, fire and ambulance staged behind my house. We heard shots. Hello TP what happened?
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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August 11, 2014
You can find out what they know about this at the following link.

http://www.tracypress.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Man killed early Sunday in Edgewood area of west Tracy &id=25589801#comments_25589801


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