Fri, Mar 23 2012 12:00 PM Posted By: Allison K. Sampité
Two men were arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of a developmentally disabled National City man.
Juan Ignacio Gomez, 21, and Humberto Emanuel Galvez, 19, were booked into San Diego County jail this morning.
Jordan Hickey was fatally shot just blocks from his home while riding his bicycle. The homicide occurred April 29, 2011 at 12:35 a.m. in the 2800 block of Grove Street in Lincoln Acres, an unincorporated area of National City. He was 21 years old at the time.
San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore held a press conference in Kearny Mesa this afternoon releasing the names of the alleged killers.
The two are being charged with first-degree murder and are not eligible for release.
Two months after the shooting, Jordan’s mother Jeannine held a press conference on Highland Avenue in National City along with San Diego County Crime Stoppers to unveil a billboard publicizing a $2,500 reward for information about his murder.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Roy Frank said then that the incident appeared to be gang-related and added it’s clear that Jordan was not involved with any gangs.
During the unveiling, Jeannine said she wanted justice.
“They stole my precious joy from my life,” she said. “I won’t sleep-I can’t sleep until these people are behind bars.”
Jordan’s girlfriend of five years, Valeria Padilla met him in high school when she was 16. “It’s not fair to outlive someone at this age,” she said last year. “No one should lose someone that way.”
His loved ones describe him as being sweet, gentle, goofy and a prankster.
Jeannine also said that Jordan was very trusting. “That was the problem,” she said. She had lectured him to be careful not to let people take advantage of him. “He’d say, ‘Why would anyone want to hurt me’? ‘I didn’t do anything to anybody.’”
Gomez and Galvez are scheduled for an arraignment tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the South County courthouse.
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