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Ceres family mourns loss of son to shooting
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A suspect has been arrested in the April 16 Turlock shooting that took the life of a Ceres teenager as a grieving family deals with a tragedy.

The shooting took place before 7 p.m. and took the life of Amado “Dominic” Escobedo III, 19 of Ceres, who was found by Turlock Police fatally wounded in the road in the 700 block of Wayside Drive. Despite lifesaving measures, Escobedo was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Another teenager was hit multiple times in the arm and was rushed to a Modesto hospital, said Turlock Police spokeswoman Dominique Sanchez. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Turlock Police detectives determined that the three males knew one another and the shooting followed a brief altercation.

Police identified a 17-year-old Turlock boy as the one who fired the shots and found him in custody at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center where he was jailed for an unrelated case. Detectives rebooked the 17-year-old for murder and attempted murder charges. On the same day, a search warrant was conducted in the 1200 block of Pioneer Avenue, where detectives seized evidence related to the investigation, Sanchez said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with victim’s family during this difficult time. We hope the arrest of the suspect starts to bring some sense of closure as they continue to mourn the loss of Dominic,” said Turlock Police Detective Kevin Blanc.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information call Detective Blanc at (209) 668-6540. Tipsters may also contact the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or email at 

The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program.  Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or (866) 602-7463 and you may be eligible for a cash reward.  You can also leave an anonymous tip online at or by texting “StanCS” to 738447.  The P3 app is also available for download for Apple and Android devices.