Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Oakland: Five teens arrested in connection with killing of San Jose paramedic Quinn Boyer
Five boys, two as young as 14, have been arrested in the killing of a San Jose paramedic in the Oakland hills two weeks ago, and police said Tuesday the juveniles have admitted their involvement in the slaying.
Quinn Boyer, a Dublin resident, was stopped at Keller Avenue and Hansom Drive about noon April 2 when the teens pulled their car alongside his Honda Civic and someone shot him in the head at point-blank range, police said.
He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital April 4. Boyer had driven his father to a doctor’s appointment that morning and then dropped him off at his Oakland hills home, and was alone in the car when he was shot.
The motive remains unclear, but the teens were arrested Monday and Tuesday on suspicion of murder, robbery and carjacking, police said. The boys’ names have not been released because of their ages.
Two are 14, two are 15 and one is 16, police said. They are all friends, but are not believed to be gang members, police said.
Police said Boyer was a random target. After he was shot, he apparently hit the gas pedal, propelling his car over a median strip and into a ravine.
The case is headed to the Alameda County District Attorney and criminal charges could be filed as early as Wednesday. Police are also investigating if the juveniles, or some of them, are linked to other crimes.
Boyer, a newly married 34-year-old, was memorialized Tuesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland after a service that drew hundreds of friends, relatives, firefighters, paramedics, police, and city leaders, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
Boyer had worked as a paramedic for Santa Clara County since 2008, with a stellar reputation on the job. In the days after he was shot, a memorial adorned the front lawn of his employer, Rural/Metro Ambulance, to honor him. The cities of Oakland, Sunnyvale and Milpitas proclaimed Tuesday as Quinn Boyer Day.
Boyer grew up in Oakland and graduated from Sonoma State, the Santa Rosa Fire Academy and Foothill College’s paramedic program. He had recently been accepted into the physician’s assistant program at Stanford. He was also a Big Brother and a volunteer at the Order of Malta clinic in Oakland, his family said.
Source: insidebayarea.com “Oakland: Five teens arrested in connection with killing of San Jose paramedic Quinn Boyer,” April 22, 2013.