Goshen shooting suspect had a ‘long history’ with his slain family
One of the men accused of shooting six members of a central California family had been involved in a ‘long affair and feud’ with the family and had once shot one of them, according to the police records obtained by The Times.
Shortly before 10 p.m. on August 6, 2014, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a shooting at the Wooden Shoe RV Park in Goshen. They found Eladio Parraz with his arm around his girlfriend, Crystal Hammonds, who was crying hysterically, a deputy wrote in a report.
Eladio Parraz told deputies someone shot Hammonds before fleeing in a white sedan with tinted windows. Based on his description of the driver, Eladio Parraz said he believed the woman was associated with someone he knew as “Nano”, according to another MP’s report.
Eladio Parraz told the MP that “his family and the family of ‘Nano’ had a long history and a long feud”. Police identified “Nano” as Angel Uriarte and determined he shot Hammonds that night in 2014. Uriate was eventually sentenced to prison for the shooting.
Eight and a half years later, Eladio Parraz, 52, was the first person to be executed, authorities say, when Uriarte and another man, Noah Beard, entered the Parraz family home on the night of January 16.
After shooting Eladio Parraz, prosecutors say Uriarte and Beard killed 19-year-old Marcos Parraz; Jennifer Analla, 50; and finally Rosa Parraz, 72, who was shot in the head while kneeling next to her bed. Alissa Parraz, 16, fled the house with her 10-month-old son, Nycholas, lifting the baby over a fence before climbing on it herself. Beard pursued them, killing them both with a bullet to the head, prosecutors charged.
Uriarte shot federal agents trying to arrest him last week, authorities said. He underwent surgery after the shooting and is expected to survive. Beard was arrested without incident. Authorities now say Uriarte is known by the nickname “Nanu”.
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said last week that his investigators had identified no motive for the killings, beyond the fact that the Parraz family members were Sureños – street gang members. subordinate to the prison-based Mexican Mafia – while most gangs in the Visalia area identify as Norteño, meaning they answer to the Nuestra Familia, a prison gang that rivals the Mexican Mafia.
But records filed in the Uriarte case in 2014 suggest he harbored a long-standing hatred of the Parraz family.
At the time of the previous shooting, Eladio Parraz did not describe in detail the ill will between his family and that of Uriarte and said he “was no longer involved in the feud”, wrote a deputy, Kyle Kalender, but he said “his nephew, Martin Parraz, and ‘Nano’ didn’t get along.
Eladio Parraz said Hammonds was getting out of his nephew’s car, a white Dodge Neon, when the shots rang out. “Eladio felt whoever shot Crystal was looking for Martin,” Kalender wrote.
Martin Parraz was not killed in the shooting last month.
Crying and breathing heavily, Hammonds told Kalender that she had returned from the trailer park office, where she had taken a shower, when a white car drove by. The driver, a Latina in her 20s, made eye contact with her, she said. The car continued for approximately 30 feet on a dirt road and then stopped. The rear passenger side door opened.
Hammonds recalls seeing “a tall, skinny man” standing next to the car and hearing gunshots. She slipped behind Martin Parraz’s car and felt rocks and dirt hit her legs and “something hit her in the face,” Kalender wrote.
While inspecting the Dodge Neon, Kalender noted two bullet holes in the rear fender and a bullet fragment under the muffler. Another deputy wrote in a report that he found a blue bandana, which he considered “gang clues”, in the driver’s seat, and a bindle containing 20 grams of methamphetamine in the glove compartment.
Deputies found bullet holes in a nearby caravan, whose horrified owner said his two young children had fallen asleep ‘just a few yards from where the bullets hit the caravan’, wrote the MP Kenneth Jones.
That night, deputies stopped a white 2010 Dodge Avenger, which resembled the description of the suspects’ car, as an Arco in Goshen. When asked at the gas station, Uriarte, then 26, said he was a “northern dropout” but still affiliated with the “Goshen Familia” gang, Kalender wrote.
Uriarte had “GF” tattooed under his left eye, as well as “G-Town” and “559” — a Central California area code — inked on his left arm, Kalender wrote. He was wearing a red shirt, red belt and red lace-up shoes, according to the deputy’s report.
Another man arrested in the Dodge Avenger, Victor Lopez, was wearing a red hat and red Jordan sneakers. The 17-year-old said he was “hanging out with northerners” but denied being in a gang, Kalender wrote.
Norteño gangs favor the color red, while Sureños generally identify with the color blue.
Law enforcement officials say a growing number of gangs in central and northern California — long considered the domain of the Nuestra Familia and Norteño gangs under the organization’s control — now identify themselves as Sureños, which means they receive orders and pay “taxes” to the Mexican Mafia.
At the gas station, the woman driving the car started crying, wrote one of the deputies who responded to the shooting. Claiming she ‘had no idea this was going to happen’, Jasmine Reyes said she was afraid Uriarte would overhear her talking to the police, but agreed to be questioned at the sheriff’s station, wrote Jones.
In an interview room, Reyes said she had been drinking beer with Uriarte, Lopez and a woman, Catrina Jimenez, when they decided to drive around Goshen. Because Jimenez was drunk, Reyes drove his Dodge Avenger.
Reyes said Uriarte told him to go to the Wooden Shoe trailer park. As she slowly crossed the rows of caravans, Uriarte opened the door and got out. The next thing she heard was three gunshots, she said. Uriarte got back in the car and told him to leave.
On Highway 99, she yelled at Uriarte, “What the hell are you doing?” Uriate, she says, told her, “Don’t trip. He said he had “funk” with the Parraz family, which Reyes said he understood to mean that Uriarte and the family had “problems,” the report said.
When questioned at the sheriff’s station, Jimenez, the owner of the Dodge Avenger, insulted the deputies and called the incident “bulls…” Jones wrote in his report. “Catrina went on to say that the only reason we’re making a fuss about it is because it has to do with the Parraz family.”
Jimenez said the Parraz family “gets away with everything and the sheriff’s office is doing nothing to prosecute them,” Jones wrote. She claimed they “got what they deserved” because a member of the Parraz family ran over her father with a car, leaving him permanently disabled, according to the report.
Uriarte refused to be questioned by the police.
At the Arco, the deputies made what is called a “presentation”, bringing the four suspects to Hammonds and asking her if she recognized them. Sitting in a patrol car, Hammonds started shaking and crying when he was shown Uriarte, one MP wrote. “He was the one who shot me,” she said, adding that she was 100% sure.
Uriarte did not dispute assaulting the woman with a gun and admitted gang enhancement, court records show. He served five years of a seven-year prison sentence.
When questioned by an assistant probation officer in jail, Uriarte said he had spent his entire life in Tulare County. He was unemployed and living with his fiancee, mother and five children in a small house just off 99 in Goshen at the time of his arrest in 2014.
The house – a shabby pink stucco – is one in a pocket of homes and trailers wedged between the freeway, a set of train tracks and a large industrial site. It is just two blocks from the Harvest Avenue home where the Parraz family was killed last month.
Los Angeles Times