Campaign to recall Gilroy board member from fatal shooting begins collecting signatures

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GILROY — A group of Gilroy residents seeking to oust Councilwoman Rebeca Armendariz following a fatal shooting at a Halloween party at her home have begun collecting signatures for a possible recall election.

According to recall supporters, the city clerk approved the petition this week. Supporters will have until Oct. 12 to collect at least 6,217 valid signatures, or 20% of the city’s registered voters.

Supporters of the recall said the effort was in response to the Oct. 30, 2021, shooting at Armendariz’s home that killed two people and injured two others.

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“Gilroy deserves council members who lead with integrity and character. Council member Armendariz’s actions before the party tell them she lacks both,” said a statement from Kelly Ramirez, spokeswoman for the campaign. reminder.

Neighbors told KPIX 5 at the time that around 80 people attended the party, most appearing to be teenagers and young people. According to the police, a fight broke out between some revelers and led to the shooting.

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Michael Daniel Zuniga-Macias, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting. A second person, identified as Jesse Sanchez, 19, died of injuries sustained in the shooting several months later.

The other two victims have “largely recovered” from their injuries, police said.

Results of an independent survey published in April determined that Armendariz helped his son and nephew organize and plan the event.

The investigation also found that the council member violated the city’s social hospitality ordinance, failed to obtain permits for special events for the Halloween party and a Dia De Los Muertos event on property on the same weekend, as well as unauthorized use of city assets. Armendariz, his son and his nephew were cited, as well as his mother, owner of the property.

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Several suspects are wanted in the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chris Silva at 408-846-0335 or call the department’s anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.

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