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Salinas man found guilty of deadly 2017 Hebbron Heights shooting

A Salinas man goes to jail for the 2017 Hebbron Heights murder.

Judge Stephanie Hulsey found Luis Atayde guilty of first-degree murder. In an independent trial, the 22-year-old, who is called “Reeses”, was convicted of committing murder for the benefit of the gang and using a firearm.

On February 11, 2017, Salinas police were called to the Hebbron Heights Community Center after reports of shootings. When officers arrived, they found John Rodzach, 39, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest and limbs.

He died at the scene. Rodzach’s death in February was Salinas’ seventh homicide in 2017.

Atayde’s conviction was part of an investigation by the Salinas Police Department known as “REDRUM”. The investigation led to several members of the Norteños gang being charged with murder, attempted murder and gang improvements.

Investigators say Salinas Norteños was “systematically killing people.” The process of searching for and killing people was referred to by the gang as “hunting.”

By hunting down the southern rival, potential northerners would gain credit on the street and be accepted into the gang. However, detectives added that the victims were never required to be members of rival gangs.

Hulsey will convict Atayde on April 22. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

Sheyanne Romero is a journalist for the USA TODAY Network and manages content for the Salinas Californian.

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