Youngest of 4 men involved in Libby Lake murders gets hefty sentence

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VISTA, Calif. – The last of four suspected gang members to admit to shooting four teenagers at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside was sentenced Tuesday.

A judge sentenced 21-year-old Kevin Brizuela to 100 years to life in prison for his part in the shooting.

Oceanside police said on March 13, 2013 the suspected gang members fired on the victims at about 9 p.m. near a makeshift memorial for two teens who had been killed in Libby Lake Park.

Melanie Virgen and Edgar Sanchez were murdered at Libby Lake Park.
Melanie Virgen and Edgar Sanchez were murdered at Libby Lake Park.

Melanie Virgen, 13, and her close friend, Edgar Sanchez, 15, were fatally wounded and two other teens were seriously injured, including a 15-year-old boy.

According to the prosecution, the victims were all sitting near each other on a couch that had been placed near the memorial when they were fired upon.

The memorial was for Sandra Salgado, 14, and her boyfriend, 16-year-old Fernando Solano, who were gunned down in a gang assault two years earlier.

In May, two men were sentenced for their involvement in the shooting.

Martin Melendrez, 25, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder, was sentenced to 40 years to life behind bars.

Santo Diaz, 22, who was acquitted of first-degree murder then pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 39 years in prison.

Michael Zurita was sentenced in March to 25 years behind bars. He pleaded guilty in February to four counts of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, and admitted allegations that he committed the crimes for the benefit of a street gang.

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