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Police seek witnesses in fatal Turlock shooting
Izrael Villegas memorial
A memorial marks the site near Dale Pinkney Park in Turlock where 18-year-old Izrael Villegas was shot and killed on Wednesday (FRANKIE TOVAR/The Journal).

The Turlock Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting of a man near a community park.

The victim was identified as Izrael Villegas, 18, of Turlock.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday the police department’s dispatch received a call reporting a man had been shot in the 4300 block of Cherry Blossom Lane. The area is near Dale Pinkney Park.

“Officers arrived on scene and immediately began investigating the incident,” said police department spokesman Sgt. Mike Parmley. “The suspect(s) had left the scene prior to our arrival.”

The victim sustained at least one fatal gunshot wound, Parmley said.

“Detectives are actively investigating this case and are working on leads discovered in their preliminary investigation,” Parmley said.

A bouquet of flowers left at the park asks neighbors to check their cameras for any possible leads, including a red car.

Turlock Police Detectives ask that anyone with information to call Detective Frank Navarro at (209) 664-7319. You can 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 and may be eligible for a cash reward.