|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1990|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 2006|
Hard life for teen killed in beating
Father was shot to death; mom died
By Brian Joseph -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PST Monday, January 9, 2006
Story appeared in Metro section, Page B1
Tragedy followed the boy. At age 2, his father was shot to death, the victim of alleged gang violence. Seven years later, his mom died of cervical cancer.
And on Saturday afternoon, Robert Francisco Maisonet was beaten to death on a busy street in suburban Elk Grove. The boy's unconscious body was found next to the small Peace Presbyterian Church on Franklin Boulevard. He was pronounced dead a short time later at UC Davis Medical Center.
He was 15 years old.
"We've gone through hardships like this before," said Maisonet's uncle, Jose Maytorena, who helped raise the boy since birth. "You think, damn, how many times has this got to happen in your life?"
Police have few leads. Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. R.L. Davis said witnesses reported that Maisonet's assailants, three boys, fled the scene near Franklin and Laguna boulevards about 2:10 p.m. They left in a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle driven by a fourth suspect. A detailed description of the suspects was not available Sunday.
No motive has been established, Davis said.
According to the Sheriff's Department, witnesses said Maisonet was walking when the three boys approached and began pummeling him. A passer-by called 911, Davis said.
Maytorena said he did not know why Maisonet was walking on Franklin Boulevard. He said the boy was dropped off early Saturday at Franklin High School, where he is a freshman, to serve detention for missing a class.
Deputies detained a group of teenagers Saturday, but it was discovered they were not connected to the incident, Davis said. "We've got a lot of work to do to solve it," Davis said. Homicide and gang detectives are working on the case, he said.
On Sunday morning, as cars whizzed by under gray skies, about 30 members of the Presbyterian church gathered around a small makeshift memorial of candles and a single sheet of handwritten Bible verses.
"We just wanted to recognize what happened here," the Rev. Brian Spangler said after a brief prayer. "You don't want it to happen
Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Created by: Sandra Tyler Duncan
Record added: Jan 18, 2006
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