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2 arrested in fatal shooting of 4-year-old boy playing in Highland front yard

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Arrested In Connection With Murder Of 4-Year-Old Boy In Highland.

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two men in the shooting death of a 4-year-old California boy who was playing with a stuffed animal in his family’s front yard. HIGHLAND >> Two men, including a known gang member, are behind bars accused of firing the fatal shot that struck a 4-year-old boy playing in his aunt’s front yard Tuesday night. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that 20-year-old Darron Daniels and 25-year-old Maurice Kelley were arrested for investigation of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Both men have criminal convictions against them and according to court records, Kelley pleaded guilty to participation in a street gang as part of a drug case. “I was disgusted,” said John Nhey who has lived in the Highland and San Bernardino area for the last 60 years when he heard about Daniel Munoz’s death. “These are people who think nothing of shooting each other but then they hit this poor innocent child.

Daniel had spent Wednesday under the inland sun — running around the front yard of his grandmother’s Highland home, splashing in the plastic wading pool. The 4-year-old eventually went down for a nap, but when he woke, he rushed back outside to play once more, his arms clutching a stuffed bear he called Superman. Little Daniel was visiting his aunt and grandmother’s home on McKinley Avenue when he was shot and killed. “Something has to change when little babies are being killed in the streets.

I have a 3- and 6-year-old grandchild, and I can’t believe this happened so close.” Daniel nor his family were the intended target of the attack, said homicide Sgt. His 5-year-old cousin would later describe Daniel’s fetal position. “He was like this,” Julio Cesar Munoz said Thursday as he folded his hands under his head and leaned over.

Daniel, who lived with his family in Rialto, had wanted to go to Knott’s Berry Farm that day with an older sibling and cousins, who were being chaperoned by his mother, Yuliana Morales, but there wasn’t enough room in the van. Friday morning, the memorial had grown to include several candles, stuffed animals, balloons and a few notes of encouragement for his mother and the rest of his family.

In an attempt to address increasing violent crime in the region, authorities last year arrested 102 individuals in Highland during an operation called SMASH — San Bernardino Movement Against Street Hoodlums. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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