Neighbors Speaking Out About Deadly Shooting in Salinas

Chloe Beardsley (KION) | June 16, 2012

SALINAS, Calif.– Neighbors are fed up with gang violence on their streets. Some say its gotten so bad that they’re moving out.

On Friday night one man was shot to death in his car in the Acosta Plaza parking lot in Salinas. The next morning it was a completely different scene. Children were playing in the streets like nothing happened.

18 year old Joel Flores Amador came to rest in a parking space just a few feet from his front door. He was shot several times in the head and chest. The two men that shot him are still on the loose. Most of the neighbors who live along the same road did not want to go on camera for their own safety but they all said one thing in common. There’s a lot of violence in the neighborhood and it needs to stop.

Now this neighborhood is left torn. On Saturday Deborah Aguilar came to the neighborhood to speak with the family. She works with grieving families who’ve lost their children to gang violence. This is the second time she’s been to this neighborhood this year. “Right now the family’s in shock and its traumatizing and they’re in disbelief. Its like a dream. It tears up families in so many different ways its like the whole world just falls,” said Deborah Aguilar.

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