Teen to be tried as adult in shooting deaths at Arden Arcade apartment complex

A 16-year-old boy will be tried as an adult in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in the parking lot of an Arden Arcade apartment complex.

Ezekiel Isiah Delgado faces murder charges in the early Thursday morning slayings of 27-year-old Gina Denise Elarms and her friend Deshawne Cannon, 23.

Cannon’s body was found shortly after midnight in the driver’s seat of a car in an apartment parking lot in the 2000 block of Howe Avenue. Elarms was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

According to the criminal complaint filed by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Delgado is accused of shooting Elarms and Cannon with a 9 mm handgun.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has disclosed no motive for the shootings, but sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman has said that no other suspects are sought in the case.

Elarms and Cannon were friends, said Ranell Gates, Elarms’ sister. She said neither lived at the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, but they had gone there to visit someone.

Members of Cannon’s family could not be reached Tuesday.

Gates described her sister as “a good mother and a good person. She was very outgoing, and had a smile that would light up a room.”

Elarms was born in the Bay Area, but grew up in the Sacramento area and attended Grant High School. Gates said her sister wanted to become a pastry chef and had taken culinary arts classes at Le Cordon Bleu.

“This is just such a bizarre murder,” Gates said. “They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Gates said her family has had to deal with several deaths in recent months. They were still mourning the loss of her brother, 32-year-old Jerome Barnes, following a fire at a Carmichael duplex in December.

Now the family is trying to come to terms with Elarm’s death while caring for her daughter Alyria.

Family friend Bonnie Currie said efforts are under way to raise funds to assist with funeral expenses and help provide for the child. An account has been established on GiveForward for people wishing to make donations online.

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