[UPDATED:] Manuel Raul Orozco, OC Homicide No. 29: Gunned Down Near Friendship Park

UPDATE: A second 14-year-old has been arrested for murdering Manuel Raul Orozco (updates throughout) . . .

Manuel Raul Orozco, 17, was just steps from his Santa Ana home about 5:30 p.m. June 22 when he was approached by two younger teens on bicycles.

A gun was whipped out, a shot was fired into Orozco's upper torso, and there--near the same Willits and South Sullivan streets corner where Lincoln Elementary School and Friendship Park are located--Orozco took his last breath.

One 14-year-old boy was arrested at his Santa Ana home Friday on suspicion of murdering Orozco. A second was arrested on the same charge at his Stockton home by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday. Neither has been identified because of their ages.

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But they have been identified another way: police say both belonged to the same street gang. The Stockton teen had been reported a runaway by his parents, according to cops.

So, while Orozco had no apparent gang ties nor criminal record, his death is being classified as the fourth gang-related murder in Santa Ana this year.

Take note of that, Santa Ana: not only are your gang-bangers getting younger, but they are having no problem getting ahold of guns--even at age 14, even as runaways.

It's going to be a long summer.


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