UPDATE: San Jacinto murder victim’s name released

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 9, 2:31 p.m.

See Original Story below.

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Officials have identified a man who died inside the Country Lake Mobile Home Community, northeast of State Street and Quandt Ranch Road, in San Jacinto Friday morning.

Authorities this morning identified Gabriel Sanchez, 31, of San Jacinto, as the man who died inside the 55+ manufactured home community.

Although officials have said the victim was found “with obvious trauma” in front of a residence within the mobile home park, they have not yet said where or how the man received the injuries that resulted in his death.

Citing their ongoing investigation, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Ben Ramirez said in today’s update that no further details would be released at this time.

Original Story: Few details released after San Jacinto murder

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit today are continuing to investigate the murder of a male they say died from “obvious trauma” in an unincorporated area of San Jacinto yesterday morning, Friday, Nov. 6. Officials say no arrests have been made in the homicide.

Although very few details have been released and officials have not specified where the victim received his fatal injuries, the male’s body was found within the Country Lake Mobile Home Community, northeast of State Street and Quandt Ranch Road, according to officials.

Friday’s homicide was the third murder to rock the San Jacinto Valley over the last week; including a deadly shooting that happened outside Depot Deli in Hemet last Sunday morning, Nov. 1., followed by a shocking murder, which was captured on at least two cell phone cameras, in front of Milano Brothers Pizza and Italian Restaurant the next evening, Monday Nov. 2.

No arrests have been made in Sunday’s shooting, while two men were arrested after the shooting outside Milano’s.


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Deputies from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the mobile home park at 8:08 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting a man down report, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Ben Ramirez reported this morning.

When deputies arrived they found a male “with obvious trauma” in front of a residence, according to Ramirez; who reported that although emergency medical aid was provided the male succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Ramirez did not specify the male’s age and the victim’s name has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

While deputies secured the area as a crime scene and began the investigation, investigators from the Hemet Sheriff’s Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit were summoned and responded to the scene, where they assumed the homicide investigation.

As the investigation was continuing area residents of the large, 55+ manufactured home community, which features a 4-acre lake and two natural ponds, reported being told to stay away from the crime scene. Other residents who were not home when the incident was reported later complained about not being let back into the park; which sits just south of the San Jacinto River Park and west of the Soboba River bed.

Due to the early and ongoing nature of the investigation, Ramirez said no additional details or information were available as of this report. 


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Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or Hemet Station Investigator Lee at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D203110013 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.