A preliminary hearing began Wednesday for a suspected gang member who is accused of fatally shooting a 16-year-old Fresno honor student outside her home last November.
Brandon Escobedo, 18, is accused of killing Marina Talamantez, who attended SOUL (School of Unlimited Learning), a Fresno charter high school.
The hearing, which will resume Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court, will determine whether there is enough evidence to order Escobedo to stand trial on a charge of murder
Marina’s family said she had a dream of graduating from high school and making a career in the Navy.
Her life ended during the early hours of Nov. 30, when 15 to 30 gang members came to her home on College Avenue near Belmont Avenue in central Fresno. The gang members were looking for Marina’s cousin. When they learned that he wasn’t at the home, someone in the crowd opened fire. One of the bullets stuck Marina as she rushed back into her home.
Paralyzed from the chin down, unable to breathe or eat on her own, Marina lingered near death in intensive care at Community Regional Medical Center before she died on Jan. 2.