Family Weeps For Toddler Slain At Fast-Food Restaurant


January 21, 2003, 08:45 PM

POMONA, Calif., 5:21 p.m. PST January 21, 2003 - Family members and friends gathered Tuesday to mourn the death of a 2-year-old boy gunned down by a stranger during an unprovoked attack while eating at a fast-food restaurant.

Sitting on a tattered blue couch in the living room of their home, the boy's parents, Yessenia Rochin and Servando Martinez, huddled underneath a blue blanket and wept.

"He was a very happy child, very loving," Rochin, 25, said of her son in Spanish. "He loved to jump. He was everything for me that child, and they killed him. They killed my boy."

Police said Daniel Moreno, 24, of Rialto, was eating lunch Monday afternoon at a Burger King restaurant when he suddenly rose, approached young Osvaldo Martinez and shot the toddler in the head in front of his mother and two brothers.

Terrified customers and employees scrambled for cover behind the counter and in the kitchen when Moreno opened fire, said Arturo Flores, 22, a Burger King employee.

"I heard the mother screaming in Spanish 'Why did you do this to my son?"' said Flores, who was shaking Tuesday as he recalled the shooting. "She was in shock, she saw her son covered in blood."

The man then reportedly told customers in the restaurant, "I just shot my son," according to a witness account to NBC4.

Moreno and a friend fled the restaurant, but were quickly found by police about a block away at a phone booth. Moreno was shot and killed by police after he told officers "Shoot me, shoot me" and pulled a handgun on them, said Sgt. Joann Crabb.

"When they told him, 'put your hands in the air,' he put his hands in his pockets and pulled out a gun," a witness told NBC 4.

Authorities were waiting for the results of toxicology tests to determine if Moreno was under the influence of drugs at the time of shooting, Crabb said.

"It appeared to be unmotivated," Crabb said. "Apparently it was totally unprovoked from what witnesses were saying." The mother of the child said she did not know the suspect.

Rochin's sister-in-law, Sylvia Mero, acted as a family spokeswoman Tuesday while she scrambled to start a fund to pay for the boy's burial costs and psychological counseling for his two brothers, ages 6 and 7, who witnessed their younger brother's slaying.

Mero said the family had not intended to go out Monday, but they ran out of soap, which prompted a trip to the store and a stop at the fast-food restaurant at Osvaldo's urging.

Mero said she went to the elementary school attended by Osvaldo's brothers, Omar and Gerardo, to seek psychological counseling for them. School officials encouraged the family to have the boys talk about the shooting.

At the urging of an uncle, Omar tried to explain what happened.

"Osvaldo was on the floor. My mother wanted to get him, but she couldn't because he was full of blood," Omar, 7, said before he put his face in his hands and started crying.

Family members said Martinez, who polishes wheel rims at a nearby factory, moved his family two years ago to Pomona, which is located about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, from Compton because they believed it would be a safer place to raise their children. Martinez, 29, and Rochin, 25, are both from the state of Jalisco in Mexico.

The friend who was with Moreno at the restaurant and two others were detained for questioning by police, but were released after investigators found they had no involvement in the shooting, Crabb said.

The slaying appeared to be an isolated incident and was not a gang-related shooting, she said. Graffiti was seen Tuesday at the site where Moreno was slain that said "RIP Danny Boy" with gang lingo.

Flores, who has worked at the Burger King for four months, said he was afraid the shooting could be gang-related and would lead to more violence at the Burger King.

The Burger King is located at Holt Boulevard and Fairplex Drive.

The gunman appeared to be on drugs, Flores said. "He killed him just to kill him."

A fund has been established at Washington Mutual bank to help pay for burial costs and psychological counseling for the victim's family. The Martinez Fund account number is 4891544970. The bank's Pomona branch phone number is: 909-623-2491.

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January 21, 2003, 08:58 PM
That might be the sickest thing I've ever read. A parent's worst nightmare. Too bad the shooter died so quickly.

What the hell is wrong with people these days. I took my kids to a movie yesterday, and two moms got into a "Jerry Springer like" cat fight at the end of the movie (Wild Thornberries). I felt like pounding them both...probably should have. Maybe a tin foil hat isn't such a bad idea.

January 21, 2003, 09:03 PM
Sick. Why would anyone do such a thing?

January 21, 2003, 09:08 PM
There is probably more to this story than mommy is letting on to.

I suspect some sort of connection


January 21, 2003, 09:08 PM
Hell is not hot enough for him
I am glad the Cops did the right thing

January 21, 2003, 09:11 PM
BGs should be put down on the scene. Too bad the cops didn't have .22s so it could die a little slower.

January 21, 2003, 09:26 PM
No kidding.

How could anybody be so evil in their heart to kill a child like that? I mean, this blows my mind. I'll never understand.

Burn in Hell Danny!!!!!

January 21, 2003, 09:41 PM
I am getting sick and tired of hearing about all these so called isolated incidents, as if that really makes a difference about a young childs death and we should feel safer that it won't happen again.

January 22, 2003, 02:24 AM
Some men are born with Worms in their head and hate in their heart I just hope they do unto each other before they get around to doing unto us

January 22, 2003, 04:06 AM
Is this for real?

A really, really, sick twisted joke, perhaps???

I've NEVER heard of someone just walking up to another human and just pulling the trigger, randomly and unprovoked. Least of all, to a CHILD!


And in CA of all places....more fodder for the already dominant antis and socialists. :cuss:

January 22, 2003, 07:53 AM
There is more to this story than we know, but I would recommed starting with the small toe on each foot, and working up, using the "truncated cone" style of .22LR. Figure we could make the perp last through most of a 'brick' of ammo ? ? ?

[There is not a 'smiley' availble that shows how much contempt I have for that way below sub-human scuzz bucket]

January 22, 2003, 10:52 AM
:cuss: 2 year old victims of street violence is just unexcusable :fire: At least the shooter was found and dealt with. :fire:

January 22, 2003, 10:56 AM
This is horrifying. I can't possibly comprehend what would drive someone to execute a 2 year old child under any circumstances, much less these.

I do believe that there is more to the story though. There is something going untold here.

January 22, 2003, 11:22 AM
There is probably more to this story than mommy is letting on to.

That is totally irrevalent. When a cop shoots a dog, when an actor shoots his wife, these are times you want to know the rest of the story. When someone shoots a two yr old deliberatly, the rest of the story is irrevalent. The boys momma could be satan himself and it wouldn't relate to the boy.

Nobody un their right mind would do such a thing. This is evidence that we deal not only with principalities and powers, but with the rulers of darkness and their evil influence. We're in a state of war and its not with the gangsta's, police, Govt. or rude neighbors.

You want the rest of the story? Read your bible and pray.

January 22, 2003, 11:25 AM
It doesn't matter WHAT reason, if any, this murderer had to kill an innocent little child.

I'm going to my niece's second birthday at Chuck E Cheese this weekend. I could only imagine what I, or my brother, would do to someone who tried to harm a hair on her head.


January 22, 2003, 12:00 PM
Probably good that he's dead. If he had gone to prison, I'm sure the CO's would find him skinned alive in his cell by his peers...

If you're planning to do a murder/suicide, do the suicide part first...

January 22, 2003, 12:13 PM
Too bad he couldn't have been taken alive and given shock treatment over the next twenty to fifty years...:fire: God help and protect all children who are victims of such monsters.

rock jock
January 22, 2003, 12:27 PM
This story brought tears to my eyes.

I suspect some sort of connection
How in the world is there a connection? The family stopped by the Burger Kind after running errands. This was totally random. You suspect? You suspect? Go put your tinfoil beanie back on and sit in a corner.

January 22, 2003, 05:42 PM
Sure the reason might matter. If it was gang related it might be possible to get the other gang members for conspiracy or something.

January 22, 2003, 05:46 PM
The Family has my deepest prayers! I can't even imagine!

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