Gang Bangin’ in E-town? Not according to Andy Mills of Mayberry

The Times-Standard

Police are releasing few details about a shooting Saturday night in a Eureka park that left a young man dead.

Chief Andrew Mills said Monday that the department is not currently releasing the name of the victim or additional details about what happened in Hammond Park just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, following what initial reports indicate may have been a dispute between several young men. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, which includes the coroner’s office, did not respond to a message left Monday.

In June of 2014 a gang related stabbing occurred near California and Harris and the victims refused to cooperate with EPD and no investigation followed.

In November of 2014, Casey Joseph Campbell, 22 years old, was found shot to death on 15th Street in Eureka. The murder is unsolved. Campbell’s murder was allegedly gang related.

In December of 2014, Jesus Joani Garcia-Romero, 14 years old, was assaulted (possibly stabbed) on McFarlan Street in Eureka. He later died. The murder is unsolved. Garcia-Romero’s murder was allegedly gang related.

On September 5th 2015, less than a year after these two unsolved murders, a 17 year old was shot to death on 14th Street in Eureka, only 3 blocks from where Casey Campbell was killed. The victim was potentially identified on News Channel 3’s Facebook. Based on the photos on the alleged victims Facebook site, it appears this victim may have been a gang associate. We’re not the experts, but the pictures seem pretty clear to us.

rip lil toro

Below is from the McKinleyville Community Watch Facebook page:

………..I mostly lost track of Dax in the following years, but had brief glimpses of him from time to time, as he moved from family to family, school to school. Having sons his age, it became common knowledge Dax was enamored by the gangster life, and whether it true or not, he claimed to be the founding member of the “Mack Town Gang.” This didn’t surprise any of us, but saddened all of us. I remember about two years ago, when Dax was stabbed by another teen at the 76 station in McKinleyville. Again no surprise, just a deepened sadness.

What the hell is going on? The gang problem in Eureka, which didn’t exist according to Murl Harpham and that Andy Mills denies exists, is increasingly out of hand. Mills has followed Harpham’s head in the sand method of denial and the result has been 3 young men killed, two of them just teenagers.

Where is the outrage? We’ve been taking Mills to task for quite a while for his failure to address gangs and gang related crimes:

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/welcome-to-andy-mills-new-improved-eureka/

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/andy-mills-wants-eureka-to-forget-all-about-the-18th-st-gang/

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/crime-the-homeless-and-the-andrew-mills-conundrum/

https://tuluwatexaminer.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/epd-takes-a-step-backwards-and-its-a-good-thing/comment-page-1/

It is long past time to accept that Eureka has a violent gang problem. This type of problem can’t just be policed away, but police do play a large part in helping to solve the problem. The first part would be Mill’s acknowledgement to the citizens of Eureka and the City Council that there are gangs in Eureka, that they are somewhat organized, and that they are violent. The next part Mills could play would be putting a full course press on solving the two (and now possibly three) gang related murders. Maybe these have all been isolated incidents, but the possibility remains that these murders are some type of retaliation because the police have never identified or arrested the murderers in the earlier cases.

Obviously, we know that the naysayers are going to come on and comment that Eureka is not Oakland, Richmond or South Central L.A. We agree with that. Both those areas have many more gang members, shootings, killings, etc. However, on a per capita basis, Eureka looks pretty damn violent. How many gang related murders have happened in Eureka, or Humboldt for that matter, in the past 5 years? Just the few we have information about, like the unsolved murder at the Royal Inn in Eureka and the killing of David Ganfield in the county leads us to believe there are many homicides which involve gangs that aren’t really given the attention to the gang element that the stories deserve. If that information was made public, then people would be demanding action. That information hasn’t been made public, and the top cop who polices Eureka won’t publicly even recognize that there is a gang problem.

Sadly, we don’t see any solutions opening up until Mills stops BS-ing and the city of Eureka begins accept that there is a problem. Just because you close your eyes and wish real hard doesn’t mean that the problem will disappear. In fact, it’ll just keep getting worse. How many more teenagers have to die in Eureka before the city starts doing youth outreach with potential recruits, and the Police Department starts active enforcement against known criminal gang members???

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18 thoughts on “Gang Bangin’ in E-town? Not according to Andy Mills of Mayberry

  1. “I like Eureka”! That slogan should solve all crime problems in Eureka….even gang killings. At least that’s the position Mills seems to be taking.

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  2. I like Eureka(just not enough to live there…)!-Andy Mills version…

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  3. Eureka, the cheaper place to live.
    But seriously, a dope head murder is an outlaw murder.
    A dope head isn’t necessarily a gangster.
    A gangster isn’t necessarily an outlaw or a dope head.

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  4. Gang members killing gang members…..why would you want to interrupt that process?

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  5. Why is TE the only outlet that claims the victim ID was withheld by EPD?

    All real news outlets published the full press release from Chief Mills that identified the victim.

    Leave it to the TE “writers” to omit the facts so they can sensationalize their bogus “article”.

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  6. Another Murder in Eureka last night according to the NCJ. No matter how Mills tries to skew the numbers, 7 murders in a 2 year period in Eureka is horrific. Eureka is a violent place.

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    • A gangbanger on Saturday, and now a homeless guy. Maybe this is what the city needs…..a vigilante knockin off the undesirables. Bring in Charles Bronson!

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    • JP:

      “Just a statistical anomaly… Nothin’ to see here folks. Just move along now…

      “Hey! You with the pound of heroin! Yeah I mean you! I see that. You get your tail out of here right now or you’re going to be in real trouble!

      “Oh, excuse me a moment. I gotta slam some noisy mentally ill homeless guy to the ground. I’ll have his hinder in jail in no time. Be right back.”

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  7. TE: So, via your own excuse of a reply, you admitted to jumping to ill informed conclusions in order to write/promote your twisted views of reality; just as in the Tommy McClain justified shooting.

    It would be nice if you truly attempted to follow in the “Spirit of Brett Harte” at least once.

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    • It would also be nice if you didn’t exercise your need to act like a petulant child here but I know that won’t happen.

      Just as well… I like to save up miracles for the big important things.

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  8. MOLA’s posts are spot-on.

    There’s nothing justifiable about hiring terrified, hair-trigger police.

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  9. it has been a year since Casey was shot in the back and died alone in the streets of Eureka, leaving behind 2 young sons.
    Someday those boys will want to know what happened. A full year later there are Still no suspects , still no arrests. will there ever be another update in this obviously cold case??

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  10. Pingback: Andy Mills wants Eureka to forget all about the 18th St Gang | Tuluwat Examiner

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