Have you seen the man at right? According to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD), Daniel Alvarez murdered another 18-year-old on May 8, Bruno Lopez Ugalde, who was remembered at the “Walk for Peace” Latino Health Access and Santa Ana Building a Healthy Community staged near Santa Ana High School on June 1.
The walk for justice may be a long one, however, as police suspect Alvarez fled to Mexico.
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Police received a call around 1:30 a.m. May 8 of shots fired and a
male down at an apartment complex in the 500 block of East Pine Street,
near Oak Street, in Santa Ana. There, in the underground garage, a man later identified as Ugalde was found with
a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
While gang and homicide investigators had little to go on, the recent shootings of Ugalde and other teens and young men in Santa Ana spurred committee members of Santa Ana Building a Healthy Community to conclude a message had to be delivered straight to neighborhood families that such violence cannot be tolerated. The “Walk for Peace” was aimed at delivering that message. The safety of schoolchildren is of particular importance because so many shootings are near campuses.
Santa Ana Police have not revealed why Alvarez is a suspect or what motivated the shooting, other than to say he is a gang member, as was Ugalde, apparently. The booking photo would suggest Alvarez has been jailed before. A reward of up to $50,000 is being offered to anyone who helps in his capture and arrest. Call 714.245.8648 to help Santa Ana homicide detectives.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.