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A 19-year-old man who was shot and killed in Menlo Park early Saturday morning has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner’s office as Jesus Molina. Molina, a Menlo Park resident, was attending a party at a home in the 1300 block of Madrea Avenue when he went to move his car at about 2:45 a.m., Menlo Park police spokeswoman Nicole Ackley said.
As he left the party, which was being held in the home’s backyard, shots were fired and Molina was hit by at least one bullet, Ackley said. Officers responded and found Molina unresponsive. He was transported to Stanford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
When the partygoers heard the shots, they ran to the front of the house, and some reported seeing a vehicle leaving the scene but were unable to provide a detailed description of it, Ackley said. Police said they have confirmed that Molina was a member of a gang, but are still investigating whether the shooting was gang-related. No arrests have been made in the case.
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