FREMONT -- Police arrested a half-dozen funeral attendees on suspicion of gun, drug and parole violation charges during a service on Wednesday for a reputed gang member who police say was recently killed in San Francisco.
Officers responded about 12:40 p.m. to Chapel of the Angels at 40842 Fremont Blvd. after someone reported seeing a large group of individuals dressed in red Norteno "gang attire" in the parking lot during a funeral service, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques. The reporting party told police they saw someone with a handgun.
Police did not release the name of the person the service was held for, only saying he was slain recently in San Francisco.
About 20 people were detained in the parking lot, Bosques said. Police arrested five males and one female. Two Hayward men -- Jeremy Young, 36, and Eric Rice, 30, were arrested for firearms violations after the handgun (a .22-caliber revolver) was recovered. Rice was on federal probation for a gun conviction, Bosques said.
A .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol was also recovered from a jacket pocket of April Fernandez, 26, of San Lorenzo, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, Bosques said. Additionally, an adult male parolee -- Robert Pratt, 27, of Hayward, was arrested for a parole violation and an adult male probationer was arrested after he was found to be in possession of Ecstasy and marijuana. Marcus Carter, 26 of Oakland, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
A sixth man --Rafael Mejia, 22, of Union City -- was arrested for a probation violation after he was found dressed in gang attire, Bosques said.
The names of the remaining suspects arrested were not immediately available.
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