Family remembers sweet, charming teen

A car wash and barbecue planned to raise funds for burial of drive-by shooting victim

clambert@thetribunenews.comNovember 23, 2011 

Gabriel Salgado’s personality stayed the same since he was a baby: sweet, full of charm and humor, and never one to be stingy on giving out hugs, his aunt said this week.

“My nephew was a wonderful kid and didn’t deserve an exit from the world like this,” Amanda Salgado wrote in an email to The Tribune this week.

Salgado, 17, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Oceano on Nov. 17. Family members have planned two events to help pay for his burial, his aunt said.

Salgado was standing or walking in the 1700 block of 21st Street in Oceano on the night of Nov. 17 when someone fired multiple shots from the passenger side of a vehicle heading south, according to the county Sheriff’s Office.

He died early Friday morning at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria. A 14-year-old Oceano resident, whom authorities did not identify, was shot in the leg in the same incident.

No arrests have been made in the case.

A date has not yet been set for Salgado’s memorial service or burial, Amanda Salgado said.

She described Gabriel Salgado as an “artistic kid” who’d been drawing since he was young with a talent that came naturally.

Gabriel Salgado was attending Lopez High School, located on the Nipomo Mesa. He was on track to graduate this year, school Principal Christine Granados said.

Amanda Salgado said her nephew, who most recently lived in Arroyo Grande, had attended Grover Heights Elementary and Judkins Middle School.

A car wash will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County, 1830 19th St. in Oceano. A barbecue will follow Sunday at Chachos restaurant on Highway 1. Tickets are $7 each.

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