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Felix Chaudhary
Friday, June 13, 2014

THE two juveniles charged with the murder of former Coca-Cola Games star and Pacific Games medalist Roy Ravana were on foot when they went on a shooting spree.

Sergeant Lisa Bowman, the public information officer at the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, made the statement while clarifying that the shooting incident was not a drive-by.

"Both suspects were on foot, then used bicycles to flee the area," she said.

Charged with murder and attempted murder, Elias Guevara, 17, and Rozco Gutierrez, 16, appeared in the Sacramento Superior Court yesterday.

Speaking to this newspaper, Kim Minugh, a reporter with the Sacramento Bee, said the duo were named because they had been charged as adults.

"Both suspects also face sentencing enhancements for allegedly committing the crimes on behalf of the Norteno criminal street gang, according to the District Attorney's Office," she said.

A 21-year-old male remains hospitalised from gunshot wounds sustained during the incident. It has been established that the injured man was a passer-by and not related to the Kaiheas, the Tongan family whose home Ravana sometimes lived in.

The 21-year-old Dravuni, Kadavu, native was helping clean the family front yard when the shooting occurred.

Guevara and Gutierrez allegedly used three guns — a .30 caliber carbine semi-automatic rifle, a 9mm handgun and a .357 handgun — in the attack at 48th Street and Baker Avenue, in the Sacramento county's Fruitridge area. Shell casings were found strewn across two blocks from where Ravana was shot.

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