Gang member convicted of murder in shooting over tattoo

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Hector Garcia Jr., 28, will return to Long Beach Superior Court on April 20 for sentencing.

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Citizen

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ABOUT TIME!!!! I hope he gets life.
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thanks goodness...now we can all put some closure to this chapter in our life, we miss you and love you mike...we will never forget you!!!
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FYI...Mike, Oscar and Joey did not hv any tattoos...! its a dumb headline if u ask me! But Im filled with JOY that this is OVER!!! We have had a LONG and EMOTIONAL past few years. This person may be locked away, but really, who wins here? Our Mikey is gone! This persons mother, friends, and family members will b able 2 visit him behind bars! But in the end God will have the TRUE judgment! Victory is not ours..its the Lords!!
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I thank GOD that justice has prevailed even though it has been a long and difficult road for this family and friends. Mikey can now rest in peace in all of our hearts!
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Score one for the good side. I hope this cretin is never released.
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I want THE WORLD to know that the victims in this awful crime are NOT, NEVER, NOW OR EVER affiliated with a Gang. Anyone who was lucky enough..blessed to know Michael and his younger Brother would know this, for those of you who didn't have the pleasure..These young men came from a great up-bringing! Great Parents... a loving mom who was there to nurture and grow caring, loving, well mannered men to be an asset to this world. They would do the right thing, men with goodness in their spirits. Parents if you do not do the right thing by your children you threaten all of us! Parents of the criminals that took a beautiful life (and seriously injured 2 more, that we know of)need to WAKE UP...you took part in this!
The world weeps for the loss of a beautiful thriving young man, Michael Gutierrez. A beautiful soul was ripped out of our lives, we will never be the same. We will miss him everyday. I will try, TRY to find comfort in that the guilty will be punished. Vengeance is mine sayeth the LORD! Amen to that. Heartbroken Nina55
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Dear Gutierrez Family and Friends,

As a juror in this case, I can assure you, we did not take this case lightly and it affected all of our lives in its own way. We took our time carefully putting together all of the witness testimony and each piece of evidence. Everyone was attentive, intelligent, and we talked it out until we had the full story based entirely on such testimony and evidence. It was an honor to work with such a diverse and determined group.

It became quite clear that we had the right guy and had a chance to deliver proper justice and let our community know that we aren't going to put up with gang violence against our citizens.

The testimony in this case touched us all in our own way as we became deeply invested in seeking the truth. We were confident that we delivered justice that was deserving of this vicious and deliberate crime.

I grew up in the South Bay and was saddened by the violence I was presented in this case in a neighborhood I knew so well.

Serving on a jury in a case like this is more intense and draining on the soul than most people can imagine, as my close friends and family can attest. And finally, to Pedro mom, I agree the title of this article is a little misleading, because Michael did not have the tattoo in question. Michael was clearly trying to diffuse the situation before things got out of control, but the defendant was unable to let it go.

My thoughts go out to you and your family for your loss, and I hope that what happened over the last two weeks can help you get some peace.

Sincerely
Juror, Department 10
Galatians 5-22

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I believe that The Lord placed Juror #10 and the other Jurors in a place of judgement and I THANK YOU from the bottom of my soul.
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to clarify... Department 10 was the court which the trial took place, and does not indicate any particular juror number. This juror prefers to remain anonymous.
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Mastava Khan wrote:
<quoted text>My lord told me,that I will have 5 virgins waiting for me in heaven, for when I become an Infedal. Now I tell you hooray for the Talaban.Me need you to read my bible, whats your phone number.?
Sap Pedro Mom at her finest...I might not be the most liked person on Topix, but can I can an AMEN that she chick is psycho?
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please excuse the typo...that this chick is psycho!
Pedro Mom

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Mastava Khan wrote:
<quoted text>My lord told me,that I will have 5 virgins waiting for me in heaven, for when I become an Infedal. Now I tell you hooray for the Talaban.Me need you to read my bible, whats your phone number.?
Dont understand this comment, but if your trying to be funny, please dont! Galatians 5-22 is my mother. This is a VERY important and sensative subject for us! Please, just leave the ignorance outta this. Thanks You.
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Ut oh...is there a valid REAL Pedro Mom? If so, you have an imposter trying to be you....and really throwing you under the bus. Just a heads up! Love and Peace to all!
Mr. Westside Jesse, please leave San Pedro Mom alone, she is not bothering anyone, just normal posts, why are you being a jerk. Get a life.
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It saddens me to think that there are people in this world who become offended and want to argue because the words used to describe my appreciation for a difficult job (serving as a Juror)was well done. Yet it appears that the fact that a youngmans life was taken for such a senseless reason seems to have been forgotten.
Galatians 5-22

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Thank you Ronald GOD BLESS YOU and America.
Pedro Family

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It is about time, this has been a LONG process and it's finally over! I will not bring Michael back to life but it does bring justice. I also pray that the family of the accused give Michael's family the respect they deserve and that the contain themselves from making fools of themselves.
We'd also like to say that Michael will alway be in our hearts. He was a wonderful young man, and what is more important he knew Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Our prayers are to Michael's family, may God may give them comfort through this hard time in their lives.
God bless the Gutierrez Family and their friends and remember we're all on your side.

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My life,since my son was murdered. On January 23, 2005, I received a phone call at 3:30 AM. The caller asked if I was the mom of Michael & Oscar. He said that there had been a shooting at my son's home and that Michael had been shot. I asked him "is he okay?" have the paramedics been called? What hospital are they taking him to? Is Oscar with him? He said the street was blocked off but he would get more info and call me back. I woke my husband and my oldest son and told them what I knew. We started getting dressed to get to the hospital. The phone rang again and I was told that my son Oscar was shot as well and that they were taking him to Harbor General. I asked what about Michael? Are they taking him to the same hospital? The caller said "they think Michael's dead, I'll call you back." The phone rang again and the caller spoke to my husband and told him that our son Michael was dead. I could not "fall apart" at the tragic news that my beloved son Michael was dead, I had to keep myself together to get to my son Oscar. I was anxious and prayed that God would not let Oscar die too. This would be too much for any parent to bear. I made all the difficult phone calls to family and friends. Emotions run from sorrow to disbelief to anger. It's a vicious cycle. It's extremely hard to see the hurt in the eyes of your loved ones and you can do NOTHING to remove their pain. Your mind wanders to countless "whys?" You somehow question the decisions that you made as a parent in raising your son's to be men of integrity. Why did you make them responsible and accountable for their actions, only for some undisciplined individual to make a cowardly decision to pull a trigger and murder Michael shooting him once in the back of his head & twice in his back, then shooting Oscar in the arm, hand, shoulder and eventually leaving a bullet permanently embedded in his head and the bullets that hit their friend Joey went through his intestines and did severe damage. Since the murder and attempted murder of my son's, I’m not the same person. I have trouble sleeping. It's as though every night my brain hits the "replay" button and the words "they think Michael's dead" plays over and over again and emotionally I'm right back to January 23, 2005. The anxiety we experienced having to plan a funeral but not knowing when we could set a date for it because our son Oscar was in intensive care was really difficult. Would we be burying TWO of our sons?? I may be rambling now, but it is hard to fully express what this whole ordeal did to us and continues to do. The police officers and homicide detectives assigned to the case were diligent and quick to apprehend the suspects. The District Attorney's were tenacious in their efforts to get this trial to conclude. Unfortunately, court proceedings were constantly delayed. We have been going to court for the last five years. When I use to hear the term "weapon of mass destruction” I would think of tanks, missiles, etc., but one gun and a couple of bullets were indeed a weapon that brought mass destruction upon my family. I think of the defense attys and what their hired to do, they may help their client serve a lesser term, but in reality they only weaken society as a whole. These types of criminals only re-offend, simply because they are not held accountable for their actions. I’ve often wondered what the outcome of the trial would be? And thankfully after these long and arduous 5 years we finally got our answer. I can’t fully express our gratitude to the men and women of the jury. We had hoped that you (the jury) would know that it took everything in us NOT to react to the photos of our son Michael's fatal injuries; we did what we could to adhere to the order of Judge Cassani's courtroom. I know it was difficult for you too!! THANK YOU!! To ALL our family and friends who have NEVER left our side our hearts overflow with love and gratitude for you.
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Juror wrote:
Dear Gutierrez Family and Friends,
As a juror in this case, I can assure you, we did not take this case lightly and it affected all of our lives in its own way. We took our time carefully putting together all of the witness testimony and each piece of evidence. Everyone was attentive, intelligent, and we talked it out until we had the full story based entirely on such testimony and evidence. It was an honor to work with such a diverse and determined group.
It became quite clear that we had the right guy and had a chance to deliver proper justice and let our community know that we aren't going to put up with gang violence against our citizens.
The testimony in this case touched us all in our own way as we became deeply invested in seeking the truth. We were confident that we delivered justice that was deserving of this vicious and deliberate crime.
I grew up in the South Bay and was saddened by the violence I was presented in this case in a neighborhood I knew so well.
Serving on a jury in a case like this is more intense and draining on the soul than most people can imagine, as my close friends and family can attest. And finally, to Pedro mom, I agree the title of this article is a little misleading, because Michael did not have the tattoo in question. Michael was clearly trying to diffuse the situation before things got out of control, but the defendant was unable to let it go.
My thoughts go out to you and your family for your loss, and I hope that what happened over the last two weeks can help you get some peace.
Sincerely
Juror, Department 10
thank you for getting it right and for restoring our faith in the justice system...God bless you and all the other jurors. Michael was and will always be an irreplacable human being
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Pedro Mom wrote:
FYI...Mike, Oscar and Joey did not hv any tattoos...! its a dumb headline if u ask me! But Im filled with JOY that this is OVER!!! We have had a LONG and EMOTIONAL past few years. This person may be locked away, but really, who wins here? Our Mikey is gone! This persons mother, friends, and family members will b able 2 visit him behind bars! But in the end God will have the TRUE judgment! Victory is not ours..its the Lords!!
You are right! They would never be apart of any type of cowardly gang...
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not guilty...god bless your family though...

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