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Young man's murder leaves family heartbroken

Original post made on Jun 23, 2009

Life was never easy for Ronald "Ronnie" Gomez Mires, an 18-year-old who grew up in a Mountain View foster home. But he was surrounded by loved ones who were always trying to help him improve his life.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 22, 2009, 6:28 PM

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Posted by Janet Mires
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

The title of your story implies that we were just a foster family to Ronnnie. In fact, we were his legal family. Ronnie, my son, lived with us for 11 years.

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Posted by Don Frances
Mountain View Voice Editor
on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:37 am

Don Frances is a registered user.


I'll change it.

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Posted by Laura Adams
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Janet~ The people that knew you and your family know that you were his family. You did all you could for Ronnie and he was truly blessed to have you in his life. Such a tragic thing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Love, Laura

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Posted by tiffany roberts
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

i definitely feel for the parents who have raised this kid. but the kid lived by violence and died by it. from the story , it looks like this kid was out of control and had an inclination towards violence and crime rather than becoming a good citizen. i am just relieved that no innocent person died because of this fight over a girl. come on , parents! teach your kids about the value of life. it is not just enough wearing cross around your neck, going to churches and driving with religious bumper stickers in your car.

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Posted by Kenny Gatewood
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:40 am

Im sorry but who are you to make a judgment such as that about anyones life? "no innocent person died"? if you have something hurtful to say about Ronny Miers please do everyone a favor and dont post

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Posted by tiffany rberts
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 24, 2009 at 7:38 am

hello kenny, i don't know ronny miers and their family. i understand their pain of losing their son. at the same time, if the content of the article is true, then it does look to me ronny was involved in matters that are not acceptable and he had many chances to reform his life and it does seem to me that his parents tried hard. my point is that i am relieved that no innocent bystander who in no way related to their fight got hurt in that situation. gangs anv violence have become way of life in many communities and innocent people have a hard time living a normal and peaceful life among these criminals controlling the streets.

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Posted by Marcy Hooper
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

We lived next door to the Mires for ten years and were a part of a number of their foster children's lives that lived in their loving home. Ronnie was an exception in that he became a guardian and a big part of the family who got him involved with sports, school and vacations. He was a very sweet and helpful kid and we will miss that little boy that came to the Mires stealing from stores and smoking cigarettes at age 5. The Mires provided a stable family base but he had a lot of strikes against him. Ronnie will always be in my heart, that little boy with the bright eyes and big smile.

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Posted by Lydia T. Moore
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:11 am

To the Mires Family,
We just found out about little Ronnie. We are so sorry about your loss. He was very lucky and blessed to have your family in his short life. It doesn't matter what the circumstances of his death are, no one deserves to be taken so young. Just remember that he was loved and will be missed. I knew little Ronnie when he was at Springer and he was always so sweet and respectful. I will miss his smile. Please remember that, we are here for your and the family.
Lydia and Kevin Moore

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Posted by Repetto Family
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

Ronnie Mires was a loving and caring person. Our son Mario looked up to him and loved him. He was always respectful and kind to us. He was loved by many people and his passing leaves a big tragic hole in our hearts as well as the people who knew him. Our prayers go out to both the Gomez and Mires family. I hope you know that you did the best you can - you loved him and that is an extraordinary gift for any human being to receive. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:7-9 We have always loved you and never forgotten you.

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Posted by SC
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I feel sorry for Tiffany Roberts... People really need to think before they post certain comments. We never want to fault a parent because a child gets sucked up into the mean streets, it happens every where, every day.

Peace and Blessing to the families that lost their Wonderful Young man.

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Posted by Shauna Fulcher
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm

June 24, 2009
I taught Ronnie in First Grade at Springer School. I'll never forget he brought in his pet iguana to share! I was so saddened to hear of this tragedy, especially as I still often see many of his former schoolmates, it seems so unbelievable to me that Ronnie is gone. My prayers and condolences to the Gomez and Mires family. Que dios te bendiga, Ronnie.
~ Shauna Fulcher, Los Altos, California

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Posted by Muriel Sivyer-Lee
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I have known Janet Mires for over 30 years. First as a young woman who I worked with at a restaurant where the Old Mill in Mountain View used to be. Our second chapter in life has been as a mother to our children along with maintaining our friendship that we started over 30 years ago. Janet Mires has a heart that has an endless amount of love to give, which she has given to not only her "own" children, but at least 20 other foster children that she has taken into her home and loved as her "own." Ronnie Mires was given the gift of a family and love from the Mires'. He was loved as much as any one could be loved and he tried his very hardest to give love back. Ronnie died a tragic death, he was gunned down in cold blood. He was murdered and no one, and I mean no one deserves to be murdered. I hope with all of my heart that they catch who ever did this and he receives the punishment that he does in fact deserve.

Janet - You know that I am here for you and my heart is broken as any mother's would be. You will be sorely missed Ronnie but you will never stop being loved.

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Posted by Lori Nock
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 26, 2009 at 10:11 pm

To the Mires family-

You are incredible people and have done so much good for so many people.

With Love and sympathy,

Lori Nock

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Posted by bruno
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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Posted by kekoa mooney
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

RIP ronnie , good times when we played football at mv bro

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Posted by tiffany champagne
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

ronnie wAS MY BOYFRIEND for almost three years we were in unity care together i was there the whole time when he got shot the first time.. he does and will forever hold my heart we were talkin about getting married and everything ronnie was a unique soul that jus captured my heart frm the start.. i love him more than anything in this world and nothing or nobody will ever change that..we have so many memories together that keep me compfort at nite.. i love u kane forever and always.......never forget wat u always tell me k..........
"ill love u to the moon and back"
love always champagne

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Posted by David Frutis
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

I love him soooo damn much he was my best friend we would be to
Together everyday. Do u know how it feels to get up every day knowing u can't call him even tho u know his number.knowing he aint Gona pick up..... Going crazy it's been 3 years and it feels like yesterday I'd do anything to bring him back. ANYTHING. Rip Ronnie my best friend. I grew my hair for you it's hella long now...... I know your watchin over us. Not a day goes bye I don't think of you.

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Posted by athena
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I love u brother

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Posted by Angelina Monique
a resident of another community
on Jul 25, 2013 at 12:29 am

I miss you soooo much to this very day brother. You were there for me at one of the hardest moments in my life. I'm glad I met you when I stayed at Janets. Your memory lives on.

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