The 35-year-old man who was shot in the driveway of his southeast Modesto home Friday died in the hospital the following day. He was identified Monday as Richard Ware.
Ware was a club promoter – the president and CEO of Keep It Real Entertainment.
Modesto police Sgt. Ivan Valencia said Ware had just returned home from an event at the Tropicana Night Club in Stockton when he was shot about 4:30 a.m.
Ware’s domestic partner and mother of his 6-year-old daughter, Tiffany Dorn-Gonzalez, said she and her children were asleep inside their home in the 3000 block of Trudi Way when the shooting occurred, so she was not alerted to the incident until police rang her doorbell. A neighbor had heard gunfire in the area but didn’t call police until he left for work a short time later and found Ware slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car, Valencia said.
Dorn-Gonzalez said the loss of Ware is hard to comprehend and that she and her children are trying to persevere without him.
She said because Ware worked nights, he took care of their daughter and Dorn-Gonzalez’s two daughters from a previous marriage during the day while she worked two jobs and attended school. She said Ware also had four other children he didn’t see often but with whom he recently had started building better relationships.
He launched his promotion company about 2004 and loved throwing big parties that everyone talked about, Dorn-Gonzalez said. “He could get anyone to have fun, and he had the drive to do what he enjoyed,” she said.
Dorn-Gonzalez said Ware promoted for clubs not just in the San Joaquin Valley but the Bay Area, too.
“He had so many followings and friends,” she said. “He knew that he was so loved that he believed that he was invincible. He got along with everyone, so he never thought anyone would hurt him.”
Like the name of his company, Ware always was telling everyone to “keep it real,” which to him meant being genuine, happy and honest, Dorn-Gonzalez said.
Valencia said detectives have not determined a motive for the shooting or identified any suspects.
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