Watsonville police say stabbing victim had dropped out of a gang

Stephen Baxter (Mercury News) | January 03, 2011

WATSONVILLE – As police searched for leads Monday in the stabbing death of Jose Alfredo Coronel, friends and family gathered on the sidewalk where he was killed to mourn their loss.

The 32-year-old had been in his home Saturday night near the corner of Pennsylvania and Hammer drives when his sister and friend had gone to a store to pick up sunflower seeds and other snacks for Coronel. When they returned, Coronel was down on the sidewalk across the street from his apartment building having been stabbed several times in the chest.

Authorities responded about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, and officers started CPR before paramedics arrived, Watsonville police said.

“The whole place was surrounded,” said Coronel’s 20-year-old sister, Crystal Coronel.

Monday, friends and family delivered flowers, balloons, candles and a hard candy that he liked to the sidewalk on the 300 block of Pennsylvania. They talked about his life.

Police have canvassed the area twice on Sunday morning to gather information from neighbors. A passerby reported the stabbing, said Sgt. Saul Gonzalez, and other witnesses had not been found.

Police believe the stabbing was gang motivated, in part because Coronel had dropped out of a gang, Gonzalez said.

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