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Arrest made in killing of 13-year-old Lodi boy

Jonathan Lagunas, 4, is comforted by his brother José, 16, both of Lodi, during the burial of their brother Eduardo, 13, in Lodi.
Jonathan Lagunas, 4, is comforted by his brother José, 16, both of Lodi, during the burial of their brother Eduardo, 13, in Lodi. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Police announced Thursday that a man suspected of killing a 13-year-old Lodi boy was arrested over the weekend in Stockton.

Michael John Ferro, 29, who was arrested on a homicide warrant after a traffic stop, is suspected in the death of Eduardo “Lalo” Lagunas. The teen was shot just after midnight Feb. 17 in the 900 block of South Garfield Street in Lodi.

Friends dropped the wounded teen at a hospital. Lagunas died in his hospital bed on Feb. 21, surrounded by family.

Lodi police declined to comment Thursday on what investigators believe may have motivated the shooting, whether Ferro knew his victim, or if the incident is believed to be gang-related.

Ferro, however, has the name of one of Lodi’s most prominent gangs tattooed on his neck: Sureños.

The day before Eduardo was shot, two young men were wounded while standing on the front porch of a house in the 700 block of North Church Street, police spokesman Lt. Sierra Brucia said. Detectives were trying to determine whether Eduardo’s killing was, in any way, connected to that incident, which happened about 2 miles away and was gang-related.

According to Eduardo’s brother José, 16, the boy began acting out after their father was deported to Mexico in 2012. He began spending a lot of time outside, José said, and would often stay out late with friends.

“I told him not to go out there and hang on the street,” Jose said.

Friends and relatives recalled Eduardo as a funny and respectful boy. But some classmates said he hung around with older, tougher guys who were known to be members of the Sureños gang.

Eduardo’s funeral this month was attended by more than 200 people.

Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang, (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter at @Marissa_Jae.

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