December 2, 2023
Murals beneath the freeway in Chicano Park. Courtesy Latino Legacy Basis

A person who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy at Chicano Park was sentenced Thursday to 26 years in state jail.

Bryant Ruiz, 33, pleaded responsible to a voluntary manslaughter cost in reference to the Oct. 23, 2020, capturing demise of Brian Romo.

Simply earlier than 10 p.m. that evening, officers responded to a parking zone at Chicano Park, the place a big crowd was gathered, in keeping with SDPD Lt. Andra Brown.

The group scattered, together with two individuals who jumped out of a silver sedan and ran off, Brown mentioned.

The sufferer was discovered contained in the automobile, affected by no less than one gunshot wound. Medics took him to a hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.

At Ruiz’s arraignment, Deputy District Lawyer Kyle Sutterley alleged the capturing was dedicated in retaliation for the homicide of one among Ruiz’s fellow gang members, who was killed sooner or later earlier than Brian’s demise. Ruiz, who was on parole and sporting a GPS ankle monitor resulting from his parole standing, was tracked going from his dwelling to the scene of the capturing and again on the evening of Oct. 23, in keeping with prosecutors.

Ruiz was arrested about 5 months later in reference to the capturing.

The sufferer’s older sister, Perla Castrejon, mentioned at Ruiz’s sentencing that Brian would have turned 18 subsequent month.

The boy was a sophomore at San Diego Excessive College on the time of his demise and Castrejon mentioned she and different members of the family accepted his honorary diploma on Wednesday through the faculty’s commencement ceremony.

She mentioned her brother was hanging out at Chicano Park on Oct. 23, as he usually did, and “That evening, Bryant Ruiz determined to go to the park and shoot up whoever was there.”

— Metropolis Information Service