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Photo: At least 200 call for peace, justice after deadly shooting

People take part in an anti-violence rally Sunday in Watsonville’s City Plaza as part of a memorial for Feliciano Martinez Perea, 18, who was shot and killed on April 2 at his home on Riverside Drive.

Watsonville Police Department spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said officers are seeking two suspects who followed Martinez Perea to his home and “confronted” him before a brief fight broke out and the gunmen opened fire. In video surveillance footage released by WPD, one of the suspects is seen walking toward Martinez Perea, who is walking backward with his hands up. The other suspect, meanwhile, is seen trying to get between Martinez Perea and the first suspect before the video cuts out.

Martinez Perea’s family says he had moved to Watsonville from Oaxaca, Mexico a year ago to work in the Pajaro Valley’s strawberry fields. About 200 people attended the memorial. No arrests have been made.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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