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Published on February 22, 2024
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A dark cloud hangs over Santa Clara today as a 24-year-old man faces murder charges for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend's young son. Sergio Colin-Gomez, the man accused of the brutal killing, reportedly shot the 3-year-old child in the head at point-blank range, an act of violence that District Attorney Jeff Rosen described as "senseless" and heartbreaking.

Colin-Gomez was arrested after the victim's mother, in a state of utter shock, called 911 in the early hours of February 20 to report the grave incident, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. The confrontation began the previous evening when Colin-Gomez, who was armed and agitated, accused his pregnant girlfriend of cheating and demanded a confession. The situation escalated rapidly, with the mother retreating to her son's room, locking the door in fear for her life, but the accused broke in and, after a brief exit, returned with a gun.

Today, Colin-Gomez was scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Justice in San Jose. If found guilty of the heinous act, he's looking down the long barrel of a life sentence behind bars. "We will sadly but steadfastly do our job to make sure this person will never harm another," Rosen stated, reflecting the grim resolve of a community shaken to its core.

In the melee that followed the accused's re-entry to the locked room, the desperate mother grappled for the gun in a futile attempt to protect her son, but tragically, the suspect managed to discharge the weapon, striking the innocent child. He fled the scene but was later apprehended by Santa Clara Police Department officers on a nearby sidewalk. The loss of the young child, named Ivan, has encapsulated the sense of tragedy that can befall what should be safe havens of familial love and care.