By Andrea Nakano

HAYWARD (KPIX 5) – Violence has spilled into 2020 as Hayward sees two murders in two days, right after the city experienced two murders within hours in December.

A memorial has been set up for J.J. Creech. The 20-year-old was gunned down near Yolo and Amador Way on Dec. 7. Family members come out every day, sometimes two to three times a day, searching for answers.

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Photo: Serena Santos

Creech’s mother, Serena Santos says, “My son was everything to us, he wasn’t just a homicide victim.”

Santos has no idea why her son was murdered in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon. He son’s murder was the first of four over the last month in the city of Hayward, with another happening just eight hours later. Then on Sunday, a man was gunned down outside an Airbnb rental in the 1800 block of Osage Avenue. Neighbors say the young man lost his life while walking to a local market.

Investigators say they are aggressively looking into each case. But according to Santos, police have very few leads to go on in her son’s murder. She’s hoping anyone with information or possibly video of that day will come forward.

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“This is a mother’s worst nightmare and I’m looking for someone to help me catch my son’s killer. I want justice for my J.J.,” Santos said.

Santos’ heart breaks for those families who are dealing with the same grief of losing a loved one. She added, “He was a happy 20-year-old with his whole life ahead of him and somebody robbed him of that and I’m here to be his voice.”

KPIX reached out to the Hayward Police Department and they say all of these cases are not related in any way. Officers have not made any arrests.

If you have any information, you can contact the family at 510-755-0057 or the Hayward Police Department at 510-293-3463. You may remain anonymous.

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