A candlelit vigil was held at the retail space in Laguna Niguel that would have been young entrepreneur Raymond Alcala’s clothing store had his life not been cut short in Irvine’s only homicide of the year.
“This was going to be Ray’s store, and we’re honored to be here,” his father, also Raymond Alcala, said.
On Oct. 26, two robbers broke into Alcala’s residence in the gated community on Bay Leaf Lane, assaulted his roommate and shot Alcala multiple times.
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“Obviously these people don’t care for anybody. These individuals don’t care for human life. And no one’s safe, if happens to somebody in a gated community, in Irvine, it can happen to anybody," his father said.
The murder is still unsolved, and the family is offering a reward to anyone with information on the suspects, pictured below.
At the vigil, friends smiled as they remembered Alcala.
"Such an awesome person, always filled with excitement, wanted to do new things. He was always wanting to enjoy everything that he had," Austin McEuen said.
On Oct. 26, after he was shot, Alcala was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Irvine Police Cmdr. Noelle Smiley.
His roommate’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Investigators believe the two suspects intended to rob the victims in their home, Smiley said.
Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call the police tip line at 949-724-7394.