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Motorist shot near North Sacramento I-80 overpass dies

A man shot Thursday while driving near a North Sacramento freeway overpass has died from his injuries, police said Sunday.

Christian Torres, 19, was southbound on Norwood Avenue near the westbound Interstate 80 overpass when someone in another vehicle fired multiple rounds into his vehicle, according to a Sacramento Police Department statement. Torres’ vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic and collided with a white pickup, police said. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Police found Torres unresponsive and rushed him to a hospital, the statement said. He died Friday. No motive had been established and no arrests had been made.

Torres was described as well-liked and hardworking – “the kind of guy who always gave 110 percent,” said Jonathon Delacruz, 22, a longtime friend. Delacruz said Torres was an avid soccer player and a “diehard Raiders fan.”

Torres, whose nickname among family and friends was “Gordo,” had recently graduated from Rio Linda High School and started a job at an auto-body shop, Delacruz said. Earlier this month, Torres purchased a black Ford Crown Victoria, the same car he was driving Thursday when he was shot.

“He was just a young guy ready for the future,” Delacruz said.

Delacruz said he and many other friends were “completely shocked” when they heard that Torres had been shot.

“I saw all the news media talking about a man being shot on (the) Norwood overpass, but I never thought it would be Gordo,” he said.

Over the weekend, several of the victim’s friends and family members posted messages expressing grief and shock over the death on social media sites.

Family members have set up an online fundraising account via GoFundMe to collect donations for Torres’ funeral. So far, more than a fifth of the requested $10,000 has been donated.

The victim’s family also hung a banner Thursday evening on the I-80 overpass, near the scene of the shooting. The banner features a photo of Torres and the words, “We love you Christian aka Gordo. ... Rest in Peace, Justice for Gordo.”

Police asked anyone with information to contact the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357).

Brenna Lyles: 916-321-1083, @brennmlyles