Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The Murder of Julian Quintero

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Julian Quintero was only 20 years-old when his life was cut short on January 22nd, 2017. 

That tragic evening began as a typical one for the Castroville, California native. Julian and a friend went to a house party at a home in the Oak Hills neighborhood. Once there, Julian assumed the role of a bouncer; standing in front of the door to prevent unwanted guests from entering the residence. 

According to witnesses, several uninvited guests did, in fact, show up at the party. Julian refused to let them in. A violent scene unfolded, and Julian was shot three times in the back. The shooter(s) fled the scene shortly thereafter. To this day, they have never been apprehended.

Several partygoers witnessed Julian's murder, but investigators have been unable to identify all of these witnesses. In 2020, it was reported that detectives are still waiting for people to come forward. Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Thornburg is quoted saying, in part, "we do know that there are witnesses that haven’t come forward that haven’t shared with us what they know." 

Julian's loved ones are now left without answers. By all accounts, Julian was loved by many people in the community. He was voted prom king in high school, and he was also involved in several different sports. Julian loved Captain America and was a natural protector. It's not surprising that he chose to be a bouncer on the night of his death - and he ultimately died while trying to protect his friends. 

Julian's case remains unsolved. If you have any information that could lead to an arrest and/or arrests, please contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office at (888) 833-4847.

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