Friends have placed flowers and other mementos in front of Rick “Ricky” Roberts’ Sonora garage, where he built demolition derby cars.
Roberts, 49, was fatally shot inside his garage Sunday morning, the city’s first homicide in nearly 13 years. Roberts was well-known as a derby competitor and longtime police volunteer, and for his involvement with his church, Christian Heights.
U2 is the number he raced under and the name of his Mono Way garage, near downtown. As of Wednesday, more than a dozen people had written their condolences on a sign in front of the garage.
Roberts’ widow, Teddi, said funeral arrangements are pending, but the public will be invited to the service.
Sonora police continue to investigate and are seeking information regarding who may have been around or at Roberts’ garage from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday and ask anyone with information regarding this case to call (209) 532-8141.
Police ask that people do not call regarding Roberts’ car trailer. They said a rumor has circulated that the trailer was stolen during the homicide. They said this is not true; Roberts loaned the trailer to a friend.