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Family hopes anniversary brings new leads in Florin-area slaying

The family of homicide victim Antonio Jordan, seen in a family photo with his mother Hope Ortega in 2011, is hoping the anniversary of his death will bring new leads.
The family of homicide victim Antonio Jordan, seen in a family photo with his mother Hope Ortega in 2011, is hoping the anniversary of his death will bring new leads. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Although Feb. 29 occurs only every four years, Maryann Gomez said February always revives painful memories of her brother’s death.

Antonio Jordan, 41, was shot to death Feb. 29, 2012, in the driveway of his Florin-area home. Four years later, the identity of his killer and the circumstances surrounding the shooting remain a mystery. Sgt. Tony Turnbull, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said homicide investigators report that all leads in the case have been exhausted.

Gomez said she and other family members hope that reminding people that the case remains unsolved will encourage someone who might have been reluctant to come forward with information immediately after the shooting to reconsider.

“Maybe it will touch their heart and they will say something,” Gomez said.

Jordan had just returned from visiting his mother, whom he helped care for, when he was shot multiple times in the driveway of his home on Ingleside Way, near Power Inn and Gerber roads. Callers reported hearing up to 10 gunshots, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives found nothing in Jordan’s past to explain the killing, sheriff’s officials said at the time. Although he had a criminal history, his last incident had been a misdemeanor drunken driving case in 2001.

One theory was that Jordan might have been involved in a road rage incident as he drove home in a green 1995 Chevrolet Blazer. But witnesses did not report hearing any sounds of a car speeding from the neighborhood after the gunshots, so deputies suspect the shooter ran from the area, possibly to a car nearby.

Gomez said friends and family members have speculated that the shooting resulted from mistaken identity and that her brother was not the intended target. About a month later, she said, a similar shooting occurred at a house not far from her brother’s home.

Jordan, who left an adult son and two grandchildren, had a wide circle of friends, his sister said, noting that his funeral drew people from Fresno, San Jose and the Bay Area. Many told how Jordan had come to their aid. One woman, she said, recounted how Jordan had bought her a blender and taught her to make chili. A man recalled that his wife had been arrested, and Jordan gave him all the money in his pockets to help with bail.

“He made his family from the people he knew,” Gomez said, and when he died, his friends rallied to support the family.

Jordan was a member of the Family First car club, and fellow car buffs brought their expensive low-rider cars to help draw people to a benefit car wash. In all, she said, friends raised $15,000 to help the family with Jordan’s funeral and other expenses.

Gomez said her mother is battling cancer, and as the anniversary of Jordan’s death arrives, she is hoping someone will come forward to help solve the case.

Anyone with information can call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Information also may be left anonymously via the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.sacsheriff.com; by texting 274637 and entering the keyword “SSD”; or by calling 916-874-8477.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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