Sunday , June 23 2024

Arrests Made in 9 year old Janessa Ramirez Murder

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<p>Fresno police announced a huge break in the case that outraged an entire community.&nbsp; Arrests have been made in the murder of 9 nine year old Janessa Ramirez.<br />Friday, police confirmed Brian Cooks, 22, and Isaac Stafford, 19, are in custody at the Fresno County Jail.&nbsp; Janessa was shot and killed by a stray bullet nearly two weeks ago.&nbsp; Police say she was the innocent victim of a gang dispute between Cooks and Stafford.</p><font size="2"><span lang="EN"><p>Janessa’s family had been waiting for this day for nearly two weeks. 40 detectives from 3 different agencies worked around the clock for more than 1,600 hours tracking down Janessa Ramirez’s alleged killers. Police are still searching for a third suspect, but police Chief Jerry Dyer says he’s satisfied knowing janessa’s death won’t be in vain.<br /><br /> Janessa’s mother Stacey Gonzales says, &quot; I forgive them and I love them and I hope they found the lord.&quot;<br /><br /> It’s that very forgiveness from a mother who is living the unthinkable,&nbsp; that helped police crack this tragic case.<br /><br /> Chief Dyer says, &quot;Our detectives told Cooks that Janessa’s mother has forgiven him and he broke and then he began to tell the truth.&quot;<br /><br /> 22 year old Brian Cooks was arrested in the murder of 9-year-old Janessa Ramirez. Chief Dyer says he fired the shot that ultimately took the little girl’s life. 19-year-old Isaac Stafford was also arrested.<br /><br /> Police say the two men are rival gang members, who had bad blood following a shooting in 2012 that landed another gang member in prison.<br /><br /> Dyer says, &quot; Stafford happened to be a key witness in that shooting and was labeled a snitch on Facebook.&quot;<br /><br /> On January 18th, the two confronted each other.&nbsp; Cooks was on a skateboard and Stafford in a silver Dodge charger.&nbsp; Dyer says gunfire was exchanged and the bullet from Cook’s gun traveled 270 yards away – across the street where janessa Ramirez was standing with her mom in front of a laundromat.<br /><br /> Dyer says, &quot; He did tell detectives he knew that was the round that ultimately struck and killed Janessa Ramirez.&quot;<br /><br /> The little girl’s death sparked outrage throughout the city.<br /><br /> Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin says, &quot;We’re grateful for this major and important step towards justice today, but we’re mindful of the fact that it doesn’t bring Janessa back.&quot;<br /><br /> After being followed by detectives for a week, Cooks was arrested with an altered appearance.&nbsp; Stafford was arrested in Gilroy where he was currently living.<br /><br /> Gonzales says, &quot;I’m very thankful and at peace that justice was served for my daughter.&quot;<br /><br /> Cooks had spent some time in prison in 2013. His criminal history includes domestic violence, attempted burglary, child abuse and endangerment and the possession of firearms.<br /><br /> Police say in the days following Janessa’s death, Cooks handed over the gun that fired the fatal shot to his friend, Davonta Murphy.&nbsp; Police found the gun on Murphy during a traffic stop and arrested him for being a felon in possession of a firearm.<br /><br /> Police say the $25,000 Crime Stoppers reward will be split among 10 anonymous tipsters who provided very useful information.<br /><br /></p><p><br/></p></span></font></div>

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