Here is what we know about the victims of the possible serial killer in Stockton, California


Police continued to search Monday for a person of interest in a series of five deadly shootings in Stockton, California, believed to be related.

“By definition, you could probably very well call these serial killings,” Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said Friday.

An unidentified person recorded on grainy security video may be a suspect or a witness, police said, and other people may be involved in the five attacks, which have taken place since July.

Two other 2021 shootings, including one in which the victim survived, have also been linked to the killings, Stockton police said Monday night.

McFadden said all the murders took place after dark and in areas with few security cameras. One victim was involved in each of the attacks.

“It wasn’t a robbery,” he said. “No items are stolen. They’re not talking about gang activity in the neighborhood or anything. It’s just an element of surprise.”

The city is offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and Stockton Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $10,000.

The San Joaquin County medical examiner’s office on Monday released the names of the victims: Paul Alexander Yaw, 35, of Stockton, who died July 8; Salvador Debudey, Jr., 43, of Stockton, who died August 11; Jonathan Hernandez Rodriguez, 21, of Stockton, who died Aug. 30; Juan Cruz, 52, of Stockton, who died September 21; and Lawrence Lopez Sr., 54, of Stockton, who died Sept. 27.

Authorities have not released the name of a 40-year-old Latino man who was fatally shot just before 4:20 a.m. in Oakland on April 10, 2021.

Stockton police spokesman Joe Silva said on Monday that investigators need the help of the community.

“We have grieving relatives asking a lot of questions, and they want closure,” he said. “We just hope someone will do the right thing and report that information to our detectives.”

Paul Alexander Yaw

Paul Alexander Yaw.via Facebook

Greta Bogrow, 60, of Texas, said Monday that her son Paul Alexander Yaw was murdered on July 8 in the city of Northern California. Yaw’s death and four subsequent fatal shootings appear “connected,” police said.

Bogrow said she is estranged from her son, who was homeless for about five years.

“I always hoped in my heart that at some point we would reunite and be in a relationship,” she said. “It is always a mother’s dream that their children turn out to be good people. He was a good person. I wish I had the chance to speak to him again in this life.”

Bogrow said she’s been in contact with detectives about her son’s death. She cannot comprehend how anyone could commit such senseless murders. She said her son was in a park when he was attacked.

“They are really sick people. And they prey on the weak,” she said. “My son had a big heart. He never wanted to hurt anyone. … I don’t understand what kind of mind this person could have.”

She said the person responsible must be arrested quickly.

“I hope all this publicity leads this person to get justice for what he did to my son and all the other victims and their families,” Bogrow said. “I just hope it gets him off the street and stops him from doing this to anyone else.”

Lawrence Lopez Sr.

Laurentius "Lorenzo" Lopez Sr.
Lawrence “Lorenzo” Lopez Sr. Thanks to Jerry Lopez.

Jerry Lopez, 53, said his brother, Lawrence, was nicknamed “Lorenzo”.

Lorenzo Lopez fathered six children, ages 16 to 38, his brother said.

Jerry Lopez said his older brother was self-employed and had become homeless. He said many people offered to let his brother stay with them, but he didn’t want to “burden” the people.

“He would rather take care of himself than have other people take care of him,” said Jerry Lopez.

He said they had lived in Stockton since primary school.

“No city should have to deal with this,” said Jerry Lopez. “This thing has to stop. It’s scary for our city.”

He added: “It’s just hard to imagine why anyone would get that. But there are people who have a hard time and have a troubled mind.”

Salvador Debudey Jr.

Sacramento’s NBC affiliate KCRA reported that Analydia Lopez, Debudey’s wife, said his murder devastated her.

“To be honest, part of me died with him that day,” Lopez said. “It has been difficult. It has been very, very difficult.”

The station reported that Debudey was a father and that he and Lopez met 28 years ago when they were in high school. The couple reconnected later in life and had been married for 12 years when he was murdered in August.

Relatives of the other two dead men were not immediately reachable on Monday.

Madelyn Urabec contributed.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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