Williams teen shot and killed in Colusa


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The Colusa Police Department and Colusa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting death of a Williams teenager.

Giovanny Antony Alcaraz, 19, was shot in the face by an unknown assailant around 7:10 PM, on Friday, in the 1300 block of Wescott Road, in Colusa, according to Colusa Sgt. David Jackson.

Alcaraz was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center, in Chico, where he died from his injuries around 4 AM on Saturday, with his mother at his side, his family said.

“This is now a homicide investigation,” Sgt. Jackson said, in a press release.

Jackson said witnesses at the scene believe the suspect in the shooting is a Hispanic male driving an older black 4-door Honda.

Colusa and Williams Police Officers searched the area after the shooting but did not locate a suspect or suspects, Sgt. Jackson said.

Alcaraz’ family described the teen as a “silly, passionate, and loving young man.”

Alcaraz was born on Jan. 4, 2001, and raised in Northern California. He graduated at age 16 from the S. Williams Abel Community School, on June 14, 2017.

“Giovanny was always that silly down to earth kid who loved to have fun and loved his family,” said Elisa N. Jorge Alcaraz, who has organized a fundraiser on gofundme.com to help the family with funeral expenses. “Unfortunately, he was taken away from us too soon and unexpectedly his life was cut too short.”

The investigation into Alcaraz’ death is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police at 530-458-7777.

Callers may remain anonymous, Jackson said.

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net