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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:14 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Wed Dec 18, 2013.

A 17-year-old boy arrested in the gang-related shooting death of 18-year-old Angelica Osorio last weekend will be arraigned in court today and will likely be charged as an adult.

Though it is anticipated that the boy will be accused as an adult, his name is being withheld until his court appearance today, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office.

The hearing will be held in Department 35 in Stockton at 1:30 p.m.

According to the statement, the 17-year-old could face charges of murder, with two special circumstance allegations of financial gain and gang-related murder, attempted murder, personal use of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sale and participation in a street gang.

Deputy District Attorney Janet Smith is the lead prosecutor in the case.

Police believe the juvenile is responsible for shooting Angelica Osorio and her 17-year-old boyfriend late Saturday night on the 00 block of South Garfield Street, the street where Osorio lived with her family.

Osorio, who was shot once, was transported to a local area hospital before she was pronounced dead. A former honor student at Lodi High, she was studying at Delta College to become a nurse.

Her boyfriend, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was also transported to a local area hospital, but is expected to survive.

Osorio's death marks the second gang-related homicide this year in Lodi.

On average, Lodi only sees roughly two homicides a year. But in just two months, Lodi has experienced two gang-related shootings that have killed two people.

On Feb. 9, 21-year-old Eric Lopez Ramirez was shot and killed on the 300 block of Central Avenue. A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with Ramirez's murder, and the incident is believed to be gang-related.

Osorio's death marks the fourth gang-related shooting in just the past seven months in Lodi — one in August, one in November and one in February.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • maria cruz posted at 9:45 pm on Thu, Mar 15, 2012.

    maria cruz Posts: 1

    those juvenil criminal act like adult they shoulbe charge like adult,that is justice....



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