A 19-year-old man was arrested by San Jose police a day after the July 28 homicide of a man shot multiple times in East San Jose near Interstate Highway 680, a police sergeant said today. German Alexis Aronja, of San Jose, was taken into custody on suspicion of murdering 22-year-old David Escalera, according to Sgt. Heather Randol.
The Police Department’s homicide detectives gathered information and arrested Aronja on July 29, a day following Escalera’s death, Randol said. At 3:40 p.m. on July 28, San Jose police went to investigate a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Gramercy Place, where they found a man later identified as Escalera. Escalera, who had been shot multiple times, was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital, according to police.
The victim had once served as a construction worker for the San Jose Conservation Corps’ YouthBuild USA program, to help make low-income apartments become more energy efficient in Milpitas in 2012, according to a memorial page set up on the website GoFundMe.com.
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