Crime

Homicide victim was a 16-year-old Turlock High School student

Ismael Guzman, in a picture posted on gofundme.com, was fatally shot in Turlock on Saturday night, May 19, 2018. He was a Turlock High School student.
Ismael Guzman, in a picture posted on gofundme.com, was fatally shot in Turlock on Saturday night, May 19, 2018. He was a Turlock High School student.

The teenager fatally shot Saturday night in Turlock was a student at Turlock High School.

The school's counselors are aiding those students who are struggling with the death of Ismael Guzman, said Turlock Unified School District spokeswoman Marie Russell. "If needed, the counselors can reach out for additional support to our TUSD character coaches, who often provide assistance in times of crises," she added.

The Turlock Police Department has not confirmed Guzman's name, identifying the victim only as a 16-year-old.

Officers were called at 7:37 p.m. to the 500 block of Vermont Avenue. The first arrived on scene at 7:40 p.m., Chief Nino Amirfar said. The victim was outside a home and had been shot at least once.

"Officers immediately began providing CPR until the ambulance arrived," the chief said. Guzman was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. "Sadly, the juvenile succumbed to his injuries," Amirfar said.

The victim lived near where the shooting occurred, according to a post on the Turlock Police Department's Facebook page. "Detectives secured a search warrant for a residence and interviewed several witnesses," the post says. "This is still an active investigation. Additional details will be released as they are developed and confirmed."

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A photo of the house at 517 Vermont Ave., where a 16-year-old Turlock High School student was shot on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Ismael Guzman was transported to the hospital, but later died. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

A Denair resident, Barbara Stone, said in a Facebook post, "I am so saddened to hear of Tata’s passing. He was a sweet little boy. Rest In Peace, little man."

Turlock resident Jose Ochoa posted, "Rest In Peace, cousin! Love you. Please keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time. My cousins are very heartbroken right now and in shock that they have lost their brother forever. No mom should ever have to bury her own child."

A gofundme.com page, "In Loving Memory of Ismael Guzman," has been established with a fundraising goal of $12,000.

There is no suspect information, and no arrests have been made, police said Sunday.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call Detective Tim Redd at 209-664-7325. The Police Department’s Tip Line at 209-668-5550, ext. 6780, or email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

Tips also may be made to Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips also can be texted to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Type "TIP704" along with your message.

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