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‘He was a sweetheart:’ Family mourns 14-year-old boy fatally shot in City Heights

A 14-year-old fatally shot in City Heights over the weekend was remembered Monday as a strong-willed, athletic boy who wanted to be a professional boxer one day.

“He was determined to do whatever he wanted,” Natalia Medina said of her brother, Enrique Medina, a recent Monroe Clark High School graduate and the youngest of four children.

“He was a sweetheart,” Medina, 25, said Monday afternoon as she stood in disbelief on a sidewalk on Polk Avenue near 37th Street, where her brother was shot a day earlier and where a memorial had been set up with candles, flowers and three. star shaped balloons.

“I can’t believe he’s my brother. It will probably hit later, but right now I was hoping it wasn’t him,” Medina said. “I’m still in denial.”

Enrique was shot around 1:30 in the afternoon on Sunday. Police said he was walking when a group of men approached him and shot him at least once. The teenager died before being taken to hospital.

Police said the group left in a light-colored sedan.

Matt Navarre, who lives on Polk Street, said he was reading in bed when he heard “a bunch of yelling” and then eight to 10 gunshots.

Police said a motive and other circumstances are being investigated.

Medina said her family lives in City Heights and her brother was visiting friends Sunday afternoon.

He was prepared to compete in an upcoming boxing match — his first, Medina said. He said he trained at the Undisputed boxing gym in City Heights.

Her brother had an affinity for sports that extended beyond boxing, Medina said, adding that he played football when he was younger and planned to play football in high school.

Medina said gun violence, especially among young people, must stop. She asked anyone with information about her brother’s death to come forward.

“We want justice for my brother,” he said.

Police asked anyone with information to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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