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Farm worker victim identified

POSTED July 16, 2013 6:15 p.m.

The man shot to death by an angry husband at a watermelon field in Turlock has been identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

The victim of the July 7 shooting was identified as 24-year-old Rigoberto Gonzalez-Solano. He had been living the last few years in Turlock, but was originally from Mexico.

Gonzalez-Solano was walking with a co-worker at the end of their shift when he was gunned down. The co-worker was the wife of the accused shooter and she narrowly escaped being shot herself, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspected shooter was identified by the sheriff’s department as 42-year-old Eduardo Favian Maldonado. He fled the scene of the shooting and remains at large. The sheriff’s department believes he is headed towards Mexico, where he is from originally.

Maldonado was allegedly attempting to kill his wife during the deadly encounter, according to sheriff’s investigators.

The shooting occurred around 3:05 p.m. July 7 on Simmons Road, between Washington and S. Tegner roads.

The woman and the victim were walking with several other co-workers toward their vehicles when the woman spotted her husband’s car speeding towards them. Maldonado pulled out a firearm and fired two shots.

According to some of Gonzalez-Solano’s co-workers, the wife ducked behind him and that was when he was shot.

Maldonado’s vehicle is a dark red or maroon, four-door 1999 Mercury mystique. The license plate number is 5FLX194.

Investigators are seeking Maldonado on charges of homicide, attempted homicide, and attempted corporal injury on a spouse.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective Cory Brown at 567-4485. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

 

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