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Friends remember man killed in shooting at North Clairemont Community Park, search for suspect continues

A memorial at the North Clairemont Recreation Center in honor of the man who died in a shooting on Sunday.
Posted at 6:58 PM, Feb 20, 2023

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The San Diego Police Department is still searching for at least one suspect in a deadly shooting on Sunday at the North Clairemont Community Park.

On Monday afternoon, a memorial started growing to honor the life of a 22-year-old man who was killed there, despite being rushed to the hospital and undergoing surgery.

"He was just a legend, very positive uplifting person and I want people to remember him like that," said Marcos Ramires, who says he went to Vista High School with the victim when they were younger.

The San Diego County Coroner has identified the victim as as Cesar Lopez-Sandoval of San Diego. Friends say he was a well-known rapper in the community.

"Whenever you saw him, it was all love," said Jared Vazquez, a studio engineer who says he has known the victim in the rap community since 2018.

"Detectives have learned the victim had a brief confrontation with two males that were in the park immediately preceding the shooting," said SDPD in a press release.

The confrontation escalated when the suspect pull out a gun and shot Lopez-Sandoval multiple times, before the suspect and another person ran off through the park, the department said.

On Sunday, police searched a nearby canyon with the help of a helicopter after the suspects fled the scene.

No arrests had been made as of Monday evening. Detectives say they will release a suspect description after all witnesses have been interviewed.

"I hope they get them. It was done in broad daylight in a full park on a Sunday like the church is right here," said Vasquez. "So I'm pretty sure there was a lot of people that saw what happened."

Friends told ABC 10News that a vigil will be held on Monday evening.