Name: Manuel Rayas
Synopsis: Rayas, 28, of San Francisco was shot on June 10 at a birthday party in a southwest Modesto neighborhood. He was standing near the front door of a house in the 1300 block of Almaden Way off San Martin Drive on Saturday at 6:11 p.m. when a green Honda drove past and someone in the car fired several rounds, according to police. When officers arrived, family members were providing medical aid to Rayas, who was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Authorities said Rayas was not a gang member and was in the county for the day only to attend the birthday party of a friend.
Motivation: Gang-related. The fatal shooting was the first of three shootings in south Modesto that occurred within 90 minutes and three-quarters of a mile of each other. Two others were injured in the attacks. The second shooting occurred at 6:18 p.m. in the 1700 block of Spokane Street at Colusa Avenue. A male standing in front of a house was shot in the leg, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said. The victim was not cooperating with investigators. Detectives believe the three suspects arrested in the fatal shooting and the green Honda were related to the shooting on Spokane Street, officials said.
Suspect: Detectives arrested three Modesto boys, ages 14, 16, and 17, in connection with the shooting, police said. Their names were not released. Police said all three were known to detectives as "documented gang members."
Status: Pedro Cabanillas, then 18, pleaded guilty on Sept. 15, 2008, to assault with a firearm and discharging a firearm from a vehicle; admitted participation in a street gang; and has a sentencing date of March 20, 2009, according to the district attorney's office. He is being held without bail in the Public Safety Center.
Isidoro Mata Jr., 19, is being held on $1 million in Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of homicide, attempted homicide and assault. He will return to court Apr. 9 to schedule the date of his new trial.
Angel Cabanillas, 17, was convicted of murder on March 5, 2009. He was 14 at the time of the shooting. A jury convicted him of second-degree murder and nine other felonies.
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Authorities ask anyone with information about this homicide to call the Modesto Police Department at 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips on the Crime Stoppers Web site, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.
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