Suspects Charged With Murdering Boys In School Parking Lot

Carrie Hodousek
February 14, 2020 - 5:05 pm
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Authorities have charged two teens with the murder of two boys in an elementary school parking lot in Union City about three months ago.

Police have charged 18-year-old Jason Cornejo of Union City and a 17-year-old from Hayward, who has not been named due to his age, with murder. They believe the shootings were part of an ongoing gang rivalry. 

“All murders are tragic, but when children are gunned down in this particular senseless way, it is particularly shocking to the community,” said Kevin Dunleavy, an Alameda County prosecutor.

Sean Withington, 14, and Kevin Hernandez, 11 were sitting in a van parked at Searles Elementary School in November when they were shot.

Police also collected drugs, weapons and $10,000 in cash from six locations last week, related to gang activity. Officials don’t have a motive yet or know the names of street gangs involved and said there could be more arrests to come. 

Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, said his heart goes out to the families. 

“While it may not extinguish that anguish, that disbelief, that apprehension, maybe what it does is bring a sense of direction and purpose that we have to find some conclusion, some resolution to these types of senseless acts of violence," said Becerra.