13-year-old found guilty in killing of Modesto taco truck owner

MODESTO, Calif. — A 13-year-old boy was found guilty in the 2021 slaying of a taco truck owner in Modesto. On Thursday, Stanislaus County Deputy Di...

August 3, 2022
4:08 AM

MODESTO, Calif. — A 13-year-old boy was found guilty in the 2021 slaying of a taco truck owner in Modesto. On Thursday, Stanislaus County Deputy District Attorney Jon Appleby prosecuted the teen's case in juvenile court. On Feb. 16, 2021, the teenager, who is being referred to as R.K. in court, walked up to the Dona Sole Comida Mexicana food truck near Monterey Avenue in Modesto and shot and killed 67-year-old Rafael Avila-Rodriguez, the owner of the food truck. The teen fled from the scene, but was later arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall shortly after midnight on February 17, 2021.

Caroline Morales