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Arrest made in Merales murder

Original post made on Mar 6, 2008

Police have announced an arrest in the murder of Jose Merales, 17, gunned down on Higdon Avenue late last month.

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Posted by DG
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I just read a story in the San Jose Mercury News about a shooting in Palo Alto and how they used the "Shotspotter" system (which uses sound waves and GPS) to pinpoint the location of the gunfire. The system beat phoned in reports by two minutes.

In light of the recent violence, I wonder if this is something we should consider implementing in Mountain View...

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Posted by g
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

I hope they cought the right guy this time..for the murder. not like in other murder cases that they acuse innocent people for duing something without no proof!!
** hope the mountain view police is right this time!!
poor stupid kids this days killing eachother over gangs! they should consintrate in school!!

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Posted by Janis
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 7, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Kudos to Mountain View police for getting this kid off the street.

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Posted by George
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 8, 2008 at 12:12 am

I'm a little confused. The police say that Jose was affiliated with the Surenos but the crime was not motivated by gang activity?

Jose was in a gang. He was shot 4 times in the chest and once in the head. That was gang induced, motivated or not. Why are the police withholding that?

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Posted by essay
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 8, 2008 at 7:19 am

Jose was quite the ladies man. It's possible this was a crime of passion, not gang-related activity. Regardless, RIP Jose.

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Posted by 4l4n
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

I guess he should have spoke with his lawyer before talking to the police.

Due to the nature of this case there is a good chance they arrested the wrong guy.

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a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2008 at 5:13 pm