A teenager was the unintended victim in a deadly shooting, said the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, occurring during a fight between adults that broke out on the streets of Keyes Sunday evening.
The shooting occurred near the taco truck at Martha Avenue and 7th Street in Keyes at approximately 8:48 p.m.
Evan Robinson, 16, had been shot several times and was found lying in the middle of the road. First responders attempted to save his life but he died on scene.
Witnesses told deputies that several people were eating near taco trucks in the area when a fight broke out. Investigators believe someone else was the target and that Robinson was caught in gunfire. A silver car was seen fleeing the area and is believed to be involved.
Crimes Against Persons detectives have identified persons of interest but no definitive suspect has been identified. They are urging any eyewitnesses to come forward to share information by calling lead investigator Detective Hickman at 525-7042.
Tipsters can also remain anonymous by submitting tips to Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters can also submit information at www.Stancrimetips.org or by using the mobile app “P3” which may result in eligibility for a cash reward.
A community of mourners gathered Monday evening at the spot where Evan died, including youth who played with him in the Hughson Oilers football organization. They helped to console his mother, Athan Hicks, who attended the candle light vigil. Robinson played quarterback, tight end and outside linebacker before he left in 2019 because he became too old to play.
“I am sorry to hear about his passing,” commented Hughson Oilers coach Paul Bertao. “I had the honor to coach that young man for a couple of years. Evan was a passionate kid that wanted to play everywhere and make sure his teammates and coaches were happy.”
A GoFundMe account has been started to raise money for Evan’s funeral expenses. The account raised $6,190 as of Tuesday afternoon. The fundraising effort may be found by searching for “Help Evan Robinson be put to rest” at gofundme.com.