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Sacramento County coroner identifies 44th Street shooting victim

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.

“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 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.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea