Farmworker killed in Turlock identified; suspect at large

local@modbee.comJuly 15, 2013 

— Stanislaus County coroner officials have identified a 24-year-old man who was shot to death July 7 after finishing a shift as a farmworker near Turlock.

Rigoberto Gonzalez-Solano was a migrant worker and had been living in the Turlock area for about five years, coroner officials said. Authorities on Monday were looking for Eduardo Favian Maldonado, who is suspected of shooting Gonzalez-Solano.

The two men had just finished work in a watermelon field on Simmons Road near Washington Road.

Stanislaus County sheriff's officials said Gonzalez-Solano was walking next to another co-worker, Maldonado's wife, when he was shot.

Deputies searched the area but did not find Maldonado, who may be trying to get to Mexico.

Maldonado was driving a dark red or maroon 1999 four-door Mercury Mystique with California license plate 5FLX194. Sheriff's officials ask anyone with information about Maldonado's whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.stancrimetips.org, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus your message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward.

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