SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) â€” A father of four. A best friend with a positive personality. A vivacious partygoer. The six people who were killed during a mass shooting in Californiaâ€™s capital city were remembered by their friends and family Monday as police worked to piece together what happened.
Dozens of rapid-fire gunshots rang out early Sunday in the crowded streets of Sacramento, leaving three women and three men dead and another 12 people wounded.
Investigators were searching for at least two shooters who were responsible for the violence on the outskirts of the cityâ€™s main entertainment district that occurred as bars and nightclubs were closing. On Monday morning, small memorials with candles, balloons and flowers had been placed near the crime scene.
Few details have been made public as investigators comb through evidence gathered from what Police Chief Kathy Lester called a complex crime scene. Witnesses have submitted more than 100 videos and photos taken during and shortly after the shooting.
The Sacramento County coroner released the identities of the six people killed. They were Johntaya Alexander, 21; Melinda Davis, 57; Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21; Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and Deâ€™vazia Turner, 29.
Deâ€™vazia Turner had four young children, including a 3-year-old daughter named Penelope with sticky fingers. But his bright yellow Mercedes CLS was always clean.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Turner played football from a young age until a knee injury slowed him down. He worked as a manager for an inventory company, keeping a close eye on things his mother might like and letting her know when they would go on sale.
â€œHe was a protector,â€ his mother, Penelope Scott, said. â€œRaising him as a single mom, you know, he took the role of being the man of the house. He took care of everything.â€
He worked out with his dad, Frank Turner, five days a week. When they werenâ€™t pumping iron, they were probably talking about cars. They both had old Buicks â€“ Turnerâ€™s was a 1973 while his dadâ€™s was a 1970 â€“ and Turner had big plans for his. He had just ordered a new stereo and a steering wheel with a cherrywood finish.
Frank Turner said he plans to finish his sonâ€™s car, including painting it to include images of Deâ€™vaziaâ€™s face for his kids to see.
â€œI want them to see their daddy when they see that car,â€ Frank Turner said.
Deâ€™vazia visited his mother on Saturday, eating leftover pork chops and taking a shower before briefly falling asleep on her couch. When he woke up, he said he was going out â€“ a rarity for him, because he works so much, Scott said.
Scott woke up at around 1 a.m. and couldnâ€™t get back to sleep. She was looking at her phone when she got a call that her son had been killed.
â€œYour kids are supposed to bury you. Youâ€™re not supposed to do that,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m grateful that he has a legacy with his children. However, you know, heâ€™s 29. He didnâ€™t make it to 30.â€
The last time Frank Turner saw his son was at the auto shop where they were working on their cars. After his sonâ€™s death, a friend called Frank Turner and told him the shopâ€™s security cameras had picked up their conversation.
He watched the video â€” a father and son spending time together on something they loved â€” and he cried.
Alexander was just shy of turning 22 when she was killed, her father told the Los Angeles Times. Her birthday was at the end of the month.
She hoped to become a social worker who worked with children and was a doting aunt to her nieces and nephews, John Alexander told the newspaper.
His daughterâ€™s name was a combination of his own and his older sisterâ€™s, he told the Times.
â€œShe was just beginning her life,â€ he told the newspaper, sobbing. â€œStop all this senseless shooting.â€
Davis was a â€œvery sassy ladyâ€ who lived on the streets of Sacramento near the shooting site, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Shawn Peter, a guide with the Downtown Sacramento Partnership who had known Davis for 15 years, told the newspaper that she had been homeless and lived in the area on and off for a decade.
Officials had helped her find housing before the pandemic began but she had returned to the downtown business district in recent months, Peter said. A small bouquet of purple roses with a note saying â€œMelinda Rest In Peaceâ€ was left on the street in her memory.
â€œMelinda was a very eccentric individual, a very sassy lady,â€ he told the newspaper. â€œThis was her world, 24/7.â€
Davis was a periodic guest at Maryhouse, a daytime center for women and children experiencing homelessness, from 2016 to 2018, director Shannon Stevens said in an email to The Associated Press. Stevens recalled her as kind but someone who did not do well in crowds. She was seeking housing services at the time.
â€œThis was a space she came to find respite from the trauma of living on the streets of our city,â€ Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, which runs the Maryhouse program, said in a statement.
Described by family members as the life of the party, Harris was a frequent presence at the London nightclub which is near the shooting scene.
â€œMy son was a very vivacious young man,â€ his mother, Pamela Harris, told KCRA-TV. â€œFun to be around, liked to party, smiling all the time. Donâ€™t bother people. For this to happen is crazy. Iâ€™m just to the point right now, I donâ€™t know what to do. I donâ€™t even feel like this is real. I feel like this is a dream.â€
His family members congregated at the crime scene Sunday after they hadnâ€™t heard from him for hours. Later that day, Harris was the first victim publicly identified by the coroner.
â€œThis is a sad and terrible act of violence that took the lives of many,â€ his wife, Leticia Harris, told KCRA-TV. â€œI want answers so I can have closure for my children.â€
Martinez-Andrade was killed in front of her best friend, according to KXTV-TV.
She was described as someone who â€œbrought light to the room,â€ the station reported, and had a positive outlook.
â€œThere was never a dull moment with her. She has a beautiful heart and a beautiful mind. Everyone misses her so much,â€ her best friend, who was not named, told KXTV-TV.
A memorial with white and blue balloons, candles and two empty bottles of Hennessy was left a block from the shooting in honor of Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi. On the ground, someone wrote â€œJoshâ€ in what appeared to be blue paint.
â€œI love and miss you. Foreva n my heart!â€ someone wrote in black marker on a white balloon shaped like a star. â€œThings will never be the same,â€ read another balloon.
This story has been updated with the correct spelling of Deâ€™vazia Turner. It is Deâ€™vazia, not Devazia.