Sacramento County coroner’s officials identified the victim of a fatal shooting Saturday, and within hours about 50 friends and family members had organized an impromptu vigil near the site of the slaying.
Phillip Porraz, 25, was killed about 6:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of 44th Street in Sacramento. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull said a man in his late 20s to early 30s drove up to a residence, stepped out of the car and approached Porraz with a gun in his hand.
“He fired several shots and fled the scene,” Turnbull said. “There is no motive at this time, and there is no indication that it is gang-related.”
Less than 24 hours after the shooting, those who knew Porraz gathered somberly at the scene not far from Jack Davis Park.
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“It had to be somebody who really hated him,” said Mario Sigala, an uncle who met with other family members at the park. “He was liked by everybody. He wasn’t even a fighter.” Porraz’s daughter roller-skated around the area, seemingly oblivious to the tragedy that had befallen her father the day before.
Sigala said his nephew, who grew up in the Marysville area, was visiting a friend at the home. Porraz was sitting in his red Chevrolet Tahoe when the assailant shot him twice in the head and twice in the chest, Sigala said.
“He was a well-mannered guy. No gang activities, no drugs, a happy person,” the uncle said. “He was talking about going to vocational school.”
A short distance away, a small group of people talked about Porraz and shared photographs.
The Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information to call the agency at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Tips may be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling 916-874-TIPS.
Friends have created a GoFundMe page for the family. The site is labeled “Phillip Porraz – Funeral Fund.”
Staff writer Stephen Magagnini contributed to this story.