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January 21, 2014 3:32 PM

Trial starts in fatal shooting of 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome

Eliazar Hernandez was riding in the back seat of his mother’s minivan near Modesto when he was struck by gunfire, an innocent bystander after a fight involving his older brother escalated. Deputy District Attorney Beth O’Hara Owen told a jury that Eliazar’s mother was driving the minivan away from the fight, and his sister and brothers were riding in the family’s vehicle with him. After the shots were fired, they turned around and saw “Eliazar choking on his own blood.”

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