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Family: Teen killed Saturday ‘loved by so many’

Isaiah Diaz, 16, was shot and killed Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Sacramento.
Isaiah Diaz, 16, was shot and killed Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Sacramento. Diaz family

Sacramento police are investigating the early Saturday shooting death of a 16-year-old boy.

Family members identified the victim as Isaiah Diaz, a student at American Legion High. Diaz was shot around 1:30 a.m. while standing outside his grandmother’s home on 17th Avenue, in the Colonial Village neighborhood.

Diaz’s relatives took him to a hospital before Sacramento police arrived. From there, fire personnel transported him to a trauma center, where he later died.

About 30 of Diaz’s friends and relatives gathered in front of his house Saturday afternoon, standing near a makeshift memorial. The memorial featured candles, balloons and pictures of Diaz with his family.

Diaz’s mom, Jackie Anderson, described her son as a fun-loving kid who enjoyed football and basketball.

His aunt, Roxanne Diaz, said her nephew “was a good kid, loved by so many.”

Pointing to the dozens already gathered to pay respects, she said many more would soon arrive.

“This isn’t even a quarter of the family,” she said.

No arrests have been made in the incident. Police have not determined a motive, but said the shooting did not appear to be a random act.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information to contact its dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, police said.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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