Second man dies following October 2021 shooting at Gilroy councilwoman’s home

GILROY – A second young man has died of injuries he suffered in a shooting last fall at an alcohol-fueled party a Gilroy councilmember is pained to have helped plan, police said.

Jesse Sanchez, 19, died May 27, the Gilroy Police Department said in an advisory Wednesday evening.

Michael Daniel Zuniga-Macias, 18, was also shot and killed at the party, held Oct. 29-30, 2021, on the 400 block of Las Animas Avenue in Gilroy.

In April, Gilroy Councilmember Rebeca Armendariz received 10 civil citations for breaking multiple ordinances and regulations, including one meant to curb underage drinking and unruly gatherings.

The citations followed an independent probe by Hansen Bridgett LLC that found Armendariz helped her underage nephew plan the party. She told an investigator she had voiced objects to the party, she did not know alcohol would be served and that final say for whether it could be held rested with her mother her, who owned the property.

The investigator called much of Armendariz’s story “implausible” and a report by the firm concluded she was “disingenuous at best, and not believable” in her attempts to avoid responsibility.

Armendariz was fined a total of $2,450 for violating the city’s social accountability host ordinance, failing to obtain a special event permit and misusing city assets. She was also cited for violations of a special event permit. However, $1,250 of it was waived because the citations were levied more than 30 days after the painstaking incident.

Amendariz had 30 days to contest the citations, which were issued April 8. She did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Police on Wednesday said two other shooting victims recovered from their injuries.

No arrests have been announced in the two killings, and a criminal investigation is ongoing.

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