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March 24, 2023

Boulder Creek shooting suspect arrested, 18-year-old victim identified

Updated Jan. 30 at 1:45pm.

The teenager who was shot to death during a party in Boulder Creek Saturday night was identified Monday by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office as 18-year-old Rowan Parham.

Deputies on Sunday arrested a juvenile suspected in the shooting death.

Authorities are not yet releasing any information about the suspect because they’re a minor.

According to the Sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the 1000 block of Brimblecom Road at about 10pm for multiple reports of a shooting.

When they arrived, they found a single victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim died on the scene despite lifesaving measures.

“The suspect is still outstanding and detectives are actively working on the case,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release at that time.

According to Santa Cruz City Schools Superintendent Kris Munro, the victim was a former Soquel High School student who was attending a County office of Education high school program.

“While few details have been released, we are grieving with families, students, staff and community in the wake of this violence—the latest cruelty in an ongoing national epidemic of senseless gun violence,” Munto stated in a letter to families.

This story will be updated.


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