Sanger man found shot and dead shortly after celebrating son's birthday

FRESNO, Calif.

The victim's widow said Sunday was a fun filled day celebrating her son's 3rd birthday. The entire family was home, preparing to end the night, when Jose Velazquez was shot to death.

A cross formed with candles marks the spot family members say 26-year-old Jose Velazquez fell on his porch then died early Monday morning. The father of six opened his front door to a knock. Seconds later, his widow says he was shot.

Sanger Police Chief Silver Rodriguez said a witness saw the suspects drive away. The alert citizen provided police with the vehicle description that minutes later led to a traffic stop in Parlier.

"Some men ran from the vehicle during the stop but two men have been taken into custody from that at this point are believed to be involved in the sanger incident," Rodriguez said.

Investigators have not identified the wanted suspects or the ones in custody, but police say a gun was found in the area where the car was pulled over.

A weapon was found near the vehicle in Parlier. Whether or not it's connected to the actual shooting, we don't know that at this point," Rodriguez said.

The victim's loved ones describe Velazquez as a hard worker who sold clothes and other items at the Cherry Auction Swap Meet. His children say he was a great salesman and many others were envious of his success. But, they have no idea who would be angry enough to go to his house and shoot him with his family steps away.

Investigators say this shooting may be gang related. The victim's family members are now raising money to send Velazquez's body back to Mexico. If you have any information about the murder please call Sanger police.

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