Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: What was the outcome of a killing in the Rosemont area? The year was '97, at a dead end. The victim's name was Oscar.
Submitted by: Michael, Sacramento
ANSWER: Oscar De Herrera, 16, was killed and his older brother was critically injured in December 1997 when they were shot at Huntsman and Parfait drives, near the playing fields of Albert Einstein Middle School.
Deputies said the brothers and a friend were walking on Huntsman Drive when they were confronted by three men and a woman in a large sport-utility vehicle. One of the passengers fired several shots. De Herrera was hit in the head, killing him. His brother was hit in the chest, and the friend was unharmed.
According to stories in The Bee, 17-year-old Marcus Anthony Rangel was believed to have fired the shots and was the subject of a massive statewide search. In March 1998, he was found dead in a Stockton Boulevard apartment. Deputies received a tip that Rangel had committed suicide and found him on a mattress in a sparsely furnished apartment. He had a single gunshot wound to the head and a gun in his hand, deputies said.
Two other teenage suspects, ages 15 and 17, turned themselves in at Juvenile Hall shortly after De Herrera was shot. Their names were not released because they were juveniles. Andrea Owens, 20, who allegedly drove the getaway vehicle, also was arrested. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, she pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a felony and was sentenced to 365 days in jail.
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