Crime

July 23, 2014

Vigil planned to mark one year since Modesto man’s death

It’s been nearly a year since Modestan Frankie Vargas was killed in front of his home in what his family believes was a case of mistaken identity.

It’s been nearly a year since Modestan Frankie Vargas was killed in front of his home in what his family believes is a case of mistaken identity.

It was just after 6 p.m. on July 29, when the 24-year-old arrived home in the 2800 block of Campbell Lane, near West Rumble and Carver roads.

Vargas was still in his 2006 Dodge Charger, which he’d bought three months prior, when someone in a passing car opened fire on him. Vargas was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Vargas’ mother, Kelly Vargas, said her son was a “mama’s boy.” He wasn’t involved in gangs, and he didn’t party or stay out late.

He worked as a candy maker at Sconza Candy in Oakdale and aspired to be a mechanic in the Army. He’d struggled on the math portion of the military entry test but had been studying and was scheduled to take a practice test the night he was killed.

Kelly Vargas believes her son’s death was a case of mistaken identity. He’d had the car he was driving for only three months, his windows were tinted, and she can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt him.

To honor Frankie Vargas, his family is holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday at 6 p.m. in front of the Campbell Lane home where he was killed. They will set up a table with pictures of Vargas and release floating lanterns.

The family also has raised $5,000 to add to any reward for information offered by Crime Stoppers.

Investigators ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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