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“Two Santa Ana gang members were arrested this morning in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy, gunned down Wednesday while crossing a street with a group of friends near Santa Ana High School,” according to the L.A. Times.
The SAPD held a press conference where they announced that the victim, Rodrigo Valle, was affiliated with a gang.
I am told that Santa Ana City Manager Dave Ream doesn’t think this shooting was a big deal because the victim appeared to have gang ties. He was 13. Gang affiliation or not this death is a tragedy.
SAPD Chief Paul Walters said, “All major cities are seeing the same thing we’re experiencing here, and the kids are getting younger.”
Yes – they are getting younger. That is evidence that the City of Santa Ana is dragging its knuckles. We are running out of time…
When will our city leaders get serious about turning things around in Santa Ana?
Here is a link to a video of the SAPD press conference.