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Family, friends mourn midtown homicide victim

A series of candles shone at 20th Street near P Street in Sacramento as friends and family members gathered Monday evening to commemorate the life of Will Murti, who was shot and killed early Sunday in a popular section of midtown.

Sacramento police responded to a shooting Sunday at around 1:48 a.m., according to a department news release. Officers found a man near 20th and P streets with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have yet to release the name of the victim, but family and friends have identified him as Murti, a south Sacramento resident.

Many who had known him gathered at the vigil Monday to pray and remember Murti, who was described as a loving person who liked to joke and watch sports. The sidewalk near the spot where he died was surrounded with chalk messages. “William Wallace, you will always be remembered and never forgotten. Love u,” one said.

Murti, 36, lost his mother when he was just 2, according to his cousin, Angie Morales. She said he was raised for a time by his maternal aunts and lived in foster homes as a teen. His father was incarcerated for much of Murti’s life, Morales said.

“It was hard for him; he never had stability,” she said.

Most recently, Morales said, Murti was working on “getting his life together.” He had spent several years in prison, she said, after firing a weapon in public. He was released in 2012, and recently was working full time in construction as a cement layer. He was hoping to settle down.

Unica Olmos, Murti’s former girlfriend, said she remembered him for his loving nature. “He was so positive. He didn’t like to argue, he didn’t like to fight,” she said.

“We’re just kind of hanging in there,” Morales said. “We’re waiting (for police) to give us some information.”

The vigil was held across the street from the Old Tavern Bar and Grill, where Murti was last seen before the shooting. Carly DuHain, a bartender at the pub, said that though she wasn’t working at the time of the shooting, she did hear from coworkers who saw Murti drinking Sunday night with friends. Coworkers described a drunk yet jubilant Murti, DuHain said.

DuHain added that the bar’s security is strict, with a person at the door not only checking ID’s but also inspecting purses and patting people down on weekends. She said the night of the shooting was no different.

Police have not released any details about the homicide, nor information about a possible suspect.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages anyone with information to call the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP (4357), or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188