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Mentally disabled man shot after buying energy drink in south Sacramento

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Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Turnbull said a 23-year-old man was found on a street near Gerber Road about 1 a.m. Tuesday. He died later in a hospital from a gunshot wound. Detectives have no motive or suspect description.
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Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Turnbull said a 23-year-old man was found on a street near Gerber Road about 1 a.m. Tuesday. He died later in a hospital from a gunshot wound. Detectives have no motive or suspect description.

A mentally disabled man was gunned down outside a mobile home park in south Sacramento early Wednesday, in what family members described as a senseless killing.

Stepfather Michael Sena identified the victim as Kevin Choyke, 23. Sena called Choyke a “good kid” who loved listening to music on his personal CD player.

Choyke was walking back to the Camellia Village mobile home park after visiting a nearby convenience store to buy an energy drink, when he was shot, according to his stepfather and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. He was found bleeding about 1 a.m. Wednesday by a passer-by at the front entrance of the park on St. Andre Lane, just north of Gerber Road.

“We had a rough day organizing the house, and he wanted to get an energy drink,” Sena said. “We were too tired to go with him, but he didn’t want to wait.”

Choyke was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives have not established a motive or suspect in the killing.

Calling the slaying “senseless,” Sena wondered why someone would shoot his stepson, who he said was neither involved in gangs nor drugs.

“This shouldn’t have happened,” the stepfather said. “Everybody liked him. He had no enemies and was kind of quiet.”

Choyke, who was mentally slow, stayed at home and did not attend school, Sena said.

By noon Wednesday, a small memorial that included flowers, candles and an energy drink had been started at the entrance of the park. Neighbor Sharon Bower, 55, brought a bouquet and struggled to hold back her emotions when speaking about Choyke.

“He had a big heart,” Bower said, noting that Choyke would help her plan community events for the neighborhood’s children.

Bower, a 32-year resident of Camellia Village, said crime has surged in the surrounding area but never seemed to touch the mobile park.

“Bikes get stolen, but that’s just about it,” she said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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