Jay Jesse Espinosa, 19
Jay Jesse Espinosa, a 19-year-old Latino, was fatally shot on Sunday, Sept. 23, in the 100 block of East Fourth Street in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Espinosa, a resident of San Bernardino, came to downtown Pomona on Saturday night to see a friend who was DJing at a local club, said Pomona Police Sgt. Jon Edson.
Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, he and some friends were crossing the street to go to their cars when they were nearly struck by a dark-colored SUV, Edson said.
Espinosa and his friends got into an argument with the people in the SUV, which drove away and then circled back, Edson said.
When the SUV returned, Espinosa and his friends got into another argument with the people inside, Edson said, and then a man got out of the back seat and began shooting.
Espinosa was struck several times by gunfire, Edson said. The shooter got back into the SUV, which drove away.
Friends put Espinosa in a car and drove him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Using footage from surveillance videos and witness descriptions of the SUV, Pomona detectives arrested three Pomona men on suspicion of murder, Edson said.
Gabriel Ceasar Cervantez, 22, the alleged driver of the SUV, Everette Sereno Cervantez, 23, the alleged front seat passenger, and Marco Antonio Geary, 23, the alleged back seat passenger and shooter, were all charged with murder on Oct. 3, Edson said.
Geary was also charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
The three are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 1 in Room EAN of Pomona Courthouse South, according to court records. Geary is being held without bail, and the two Cervantezes are each held in lieu of $2.05 million bail, according to jail records.
Edson said all three defendants are gang members. Espinosa was not involved in a gang, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pomona Police Department at (909) 620-2085. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.