Two Cousins Found Executed in Vineyard

Soledad, California – Two cousins were tragically killed in a California vineyard after being mistaken for someone else by two gunmen in a stolen car. The incident took place in Soledad, a city located over 100 miles south of San Francisco.

The victims, identified as Jack Canchola, 20, and Andres “Chavita” Garcia, 26, were brutally executed on the evening of February 4. Authorities were alerted to the case when the victims dialed 911, reporting that they were being chased by individuals armed with guns in a light-colored four-door sedan.

Law enforcement swiftly responded to the call and discovered the bodies of Canchola and Garcia near their pickup truck, which was parked next to a stolen 2013 Kia Optima that the assailants had abandoned. The investigation quickly led authorities to conclude that the shooting was the result of mistaken identity.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Cmdr. Michael Darlington addressed the media during a press conference, stating that there was no indication of criminal activity or gang involvement on the part of the victims. He described the incident as a “very, very tragic event,” highlighting the fact that two innocent individuals had been hunted down and killed while driving around the county.

Detective Arras Wilson emphasized the victims’ positive reputation within their family and church. The cousins were well-known members of their community and were actively involved in their local church, where Garcia had been dedicating his weekends to assisting the priest and making regular donations. Canchola, who lived with autism, was remembered by his brother for his determination and ability to achieve his goals without letting his condition hinder him.

Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the shooting. As the investigation continues, family members, friends, and the entire community mourn the loss of these two young men, who had positively impacted the lives of those around them.

The victims were also involved in local politics, supporting Anna Velazquez during her campaigns for councilwoman in 2016 and mayor in 2020. Velazquez expressed her grief and admiration for Garcia, describing him as a responsible and hardworking individual who held a deep love for God, family, friends, and his community.

The shocking and senseless nature of this case has left the community devastated. As authorities work tirelessly to bring the perpetrators to justice, the memory of Canchola and Garcia will continue to linger, their absence deeply felt by all whose lives they touched.