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Pacheco clan marches on police department
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Leah Rojas, Brandon Pacheco's long-time girlfriend, is comforted after being overwhelmed during a march to the Turlock Police Department on Saturday. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER / The Journal



Friends and family of Brandon Pacheco joined together Saturday to express their frustration with the status of the case involving the 25-year-old’s death last week.

About a dozen people marched one mile to the Turlock Police Department Saturday night carrying signs reading “justice must be served” for Pacheco’s death. The group held a brief candlelight vigil before leaving the police department peacefully.

Pacheco was shot to death July 23 in the 1100 block of Dianne Street by 58-year-old Robin Boyer. He told investigators he spotted Pacheco on his property taking items and he confronted him. He said an altercation ensued and he fired his shotgun, striking Pacheco in the head.

Pacheco was found dead between a field of sweet potatoes and the fence line of the property next to Boyer’s.

“All I want is justice for him,” said Leah Rojas, Pacheco’s girlfriend and march organizer. “That’s all I want. What about our loss?”

Neighbor Ava Valencia decided to join the march because the Pacheco she knew was always helpful to her.

“He was just a man trying to support his family,” Valencia said. "He wasn’t a man that had confrontations with people. He was just trying to get cans and support his family. He didn’t deserve to die."

Pacheco was arrested by the Turlock Police Department in July and charged with commercial burglary. The case was pending in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Earlier in the year, Pacheco pled guilty to a charge of grand theft after he was caught with a stolen catalytic converter. He was also found in possession of methamphetamine, but that charge was dismissed after he agreed to enter into a drug rehabilitation program.

Boyer does not have a criminal record in Stanislaus County.

The case is currently under review by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Harris said the office would be reviewing all the facts of the case before making a decision on whether or not to charge Boyer.