Man shot to death in Salinas

25th homicide in ’09 matches last year’s record total
LAITH AGHA (Monterey County Herald)

Far removed from his days of gang affiliation, Carlos Alfaro was a dedicated father of two and out-of-work bank employee.

Early Sunday, the 27-year-old Salinas man became the city’s 25th homicide victim in 2009, a grim toll equaling the city’s record for most homicides in a year.

About 1a.m., Alfaro was walking alone to his apartment on the 700 block of Williams Road after a night out, when he was confronted by at least one unidentified assailant, Salinas Police said.

Alfaro was shot several times in the face, chest and torso, police said.

Friends and family in the apartment went outside and attended to Alfaro after hearing the gunshots, but medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The shooting is being investigated as gang related, police said, though a friend said Alfaro had long been disassociated from gangs.

Brian Contreras, director of the anti-gang outreach program, Second Chance Youth Program of Monterey County, said that he hired Alfaro about eight years ago as an outreach worker. Alfaro, who was 19 at the time, had recently gotten out of jail and was intent on turning his life around, said Contreras, who remained close with Alfaro.

“He did some time, but when he got out, he made a lot of positive changes,” Contreras said.

Alfaro eventually left Second Chance to work for HSBC Bank. After being laid off in the last year, Alfaro dedicated much of his time to raising his two young children while his wife worked.

“He (did) all the stuff a good husband and father would do,” Contreras said.

Contreras said that in his line of work, he is used to hearing about familiar faces dying in the streets of Salinas. But this death doesn’t make sense to him.

“In the work I do, I can usually rationalize certain things,” Contreras said. “But I know this guy, and I know how far removed he has been from that lifestyle. … I know he is not the kind of person to go out and start fights with people. I don’t know why someone would come and target him.”

There were 25 homicides in Salinas last year.

Salinas Police ask anyone with information about Sunday’s shooting to call 758-7226, Detective James Arensdorf at 758-7137 or Detective Thomas Larkin 758-7127

Anonymous tips can be left at 775-4222. Tips can be texted with the code SPD831 to 847411.

Laith Agha can be reached at 646-4358 or

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2 Comments for “Man shot to death in Salinas”

  1. HEADS UP on the race WAR provoking film, “MACHETE”.


    LIBERATION THEOLOGY TACTICS………… GOTTA SEE Alex Jones break it down with proof

    Do these politically motivated people have to stir up tensions and fire up more racial division or worse? And many cinemas banned the film, “The Pblankion” about Christ. enough already!

    I will NOT return to the U.S. if they allow Nazi like propaganda from Rodrigues and his funding corporations. He should be considered a criminal for insighting riots -if this film is released.

  2. marisol

    Its almost been two years since Carlos has been gone and he is still missed everyday. I know he is in heaven but still he is missed. What a tragedy when someone turns their life around and meets his end because of ignorance…

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