Q: I’d appreciate an update regarding a double homicide on Howe Avenue between Marconi and Watt. I believe it happened about five years ago. The couple was in a BMW along this stretch. Both were shot and killed very early in the morning.
A: No arrests have been reported in the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Jazzmyne Sharnae Bruner and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Stefon Mayers Jr.
They were killed about 2:40 p.m. April 12, 2010, as Mayers was driving a BMW coupe with Bruner in the passenger seat. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Mayers was southbound on Howe Avenue from Marconi Avenue when another vehicle pulled alongside. Nobody saw the shooting, but witnesses reported hearing gunfire, then seeing one car speed off as the BMW crashed into a fence at the corner of Howe and Bluebird Lane.
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Deputies arrived to find Mayers collapsed on the ground just outside the car, bleeding from several gunshot wounds to the chest. Bruner was slumped over in her seat, with a bullet wound to her head. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Mayers’ family members told The Bee that they believed somebody had been out to get him since a 2005 homicide in which Mayers’ cousin was one of four suspects sent to prison. Mayers’ father, Stefon Mayers Sr., said the victim was close to his son and Mayers Jr. was devastated by his friend’s death. But the elder Mayers said others in the circle of friends suspected that his son was involved.
About a year after his friend was murdered, Mayers Jr. was shot in the leg in front of an Oak Park liquor store. Family members and friends said Mayers Jr. was again the subject of gunfire in the weeks before he was killed.