Fresno family wants justice

FRESNO, Calif.

/*Jake Ramirez*/, 25, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, during a small gathering inside a Central Fresno home.

After a nearly two day manhunt, police arrested 30-year-old /*Tino Tufono*/ for the crime. He was once named one of Fresno's top five auto thieves.

Tufono has been released from the Fresno County jail a dozen times because of overcrowding. His most recent release was November 28th, just days before he allegedly killed Jake Ramirez.

The past few days have been a nightmare for Liz Shields and her extended family. Monday night, her only son, 25-year-old Jake Ramirez left the house, promising he'd be back soon.

Liz Shields, the victim's mother said, "I'll be back. I don't know what time, but I love you and I'll see you later."

But, just hours later, Fresno Police say Tino Tufono shot and killed Ramirez in an unprovoked attack inside a converted garage behind a Central Fresno home.

While investigators say the two knew each other, Ramirez's family says they had never seen or heard of Tufono. They have since learned Tufono has been charged with nine felonies. Because of overcrowding, officers haven't been able to keep him in jail.

Susan Barboza, the victim's aunt said, "What is this telling all our criminals out there? That you're free, do whatever you want, you can walk the streets?"

Ramirez graduated from Clovis East High School in 2004. He made a living by fixing bikes and working as the neighborhood gardener. His family says he was an innocent victim to a senseless crime. Now, they're hoping the justice system will prevent another family from experiencing the same type of unimaginable pain.

Barboza said, "There's hurt, numbness, like my sister says cause we're in shock, but most of all, there's a lot of anger, because it wasn't his fault, and this man should be put away forever." "I'll think of Jake forever, every day," said Shields. "He'll never leave me."

Ramirez's family plans to hold his funeral on Tuesday. They're having a car wash on Saturday at the corner of Palm and McKinley to help raise money.

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