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Police make arrest in fatal bar shooting

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Beth Winegarner
Examiner Staff Writer
April 17, 2006

People from across the Bay Area gathered on Easter Sunday outside the home of 18-year-old Humberto Jesus Calderon Jr., one of three men killed in a gunfight in a Redwood City bar early Saturday.

Calderon was fatally shot along with 28-year-old Jesus Hernandez, of Redwood City, and 38-year-old Hemerenciano Mendoza, of East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office. Three other men were shot and wounded in the fight, which broke out after 1 a.m. at Headquarters Bar, located at 895 Second Ave., according to Redwood City Police Department Sgt. Sean Hart.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Rolando Fernandez, of San Jose, Saturday afternoon in connection with the shootings. “We are still getting statements on whether there was more than one shooter,” Hart said.

Witnesses said a fight broke out among the men, many of whom were at Headquarters to celebrate Calderon’s birthday. “It escalated to a shooting,” Hart said. Police do not have a motive for the attack.

Calderon’s family refused to comment Sunday, but others who came to visit the household remembered him as a bright, handsome young man.

“It’s really shocking,” said Debbie Richardi, who taught Calderon at Fair Oaks Elementary School. “He’s the last person I would think of as getting shot and killed. I don’t know how he lost his way.”

Calderon emigrated from rural Michoacan, Mexico, with his father, Humberto Sr., his mother, Maria, and three brothers and sisters, according to those gathered outside his home.

Maria pushed the children to excel in school. Among the four, Calderon was “supposed to be the doctor or lawyer,” Richardi said. In recent months, Calderon had talked about taking classes at De Anza or Cañada College, according to another teacher who would not give her name.

Hernandez leaves behind a wife, Marisol, and a 7-year-old daughter, Giselle, according to his sister, Valerie Hernandez.

“He was a private person and didn’t get into problems with anybody,” Hernandez said of her brother, who grew up in Redwood City.

Jesus worked full time at a warehouse job in San Carlos, and lived just doors down from the Calderon family. The two men had been friends for many years, Hernandez said, adding that she did not know Mendoza.

The doors were locked at Headquarters on Sunday, and at Mi Hacienda Taqueria, the adjacent restaurant that shares a back patio with the bar. Police have not seen many problems at the bar, according to Hart.

This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Examiner.

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Written by Beth Winegarner

April 17, 2006 at 1:37 AM

Posted in Crime, Redwood City

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