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.
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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