Stockton residents mourn for murder victim at Victory Park | Crime
STOCKTON, CA - The murder of 60-year-old Armando Pina Monday startled people who use Victory Park for their exercise and relaxation.
Pina was shot and killed at the popular Stockton park after having a gold chain stolen from him during an afternoon walk.
"I was born and raised in this town, which has a history of violence," Pina's friend Leo Juarez said. "It was nowhere near what it is now."
While Pina's family held a vigil late Tuesday night at the spot of the shooting, people who didn't know him were shaking their heads in disappointment at the latest Stockton violence.
"I got a new grandbaby as of yesterday," resident Dave Guidry said. "I don't want to raise him here. I'm done with this town."
Stockton police said Pina carried a gun with him on his walks, but didn't get to it in time during the Monday murder. His friend Juarez said he might consider arming himself as well.
"I feel comfortable where ever I go," Juarez said. "But now, I'm beginning to feel like I should pack a gun."
Pina's killing was the 49th homicide of the year in Stockton. Last years record setting total was 58.
In Stockton this year, there have been 205 gold chain robberies, and just 21 arrests.
By Tim Daly, email@example.com