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Two people arrested in connection to Maryal Drive double-homicide investigation

SALINAS, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE 1/13/22 9:37 A.M.: Two arrests have been made in connection to a double-homicide that happened on August 31, 2021.

Salinas Police booked 18-year-old Yohani Mendez into the Monterey County Jail on homicide and gang charges in relation to the shooting.

Police had previously arrested 20-year-old David Jimenez back in September 2021 on similar charges.

The two victims in the shooting were shot and killed in broad daylight on East Bernal and Maryal Drive. Shortly after they were identified as 33-year-old Michael Ramos of Salinas and 30-year-old Amanda Nicole Ferrell of Gonzales.

Police are still looking for information on the shooting and are asking the public to contact detective Alex Zamora at 831-758-7148 or email: If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our TipLine at 775-4222

UPDATE 9/2/21 9:35 a.m.: Both victims in a deadly shooting in broad daylight on East Bernal and Maryal Drive have been identified by Salinas Police.

33-year-old Michael David Ramos of Salinas and 30-year-old Amanda Nicole Ferrell of Gonzales were killed Tuesday after a shooting near Bernal and Maryal.

So far no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

UPDATE 9/1/21 9:38 a.m.: The second victim in a shooting off of East Bernal and Maryal Drive has died.

Salinas Police previously confirmed one other victim in the shooting died Tuesday at the scene near East Bernal and Maryal Drive.

The victims are not being identified by police as family members still need to be notified of their passing.

Investigators heard from witnesses who told them an unknown type of vehicle was seen driving off after the shooting, but police say they haven't been able to determine if the vehicle was linked to the incident.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Salinas PD immediately.

Detective Alex Zamora can be called at 831-758-7148 or you can email him at If you wish to remain anonymous you may also call the Salinas Police Department anonymous tip line at 831-775-4222.

-UPDATE 8/31/21: KION spoke with one witness who said they heard the gunshots and quickly ran out to find two victims, one with an apparent bullet wound to the neck.

"There was five gunshots and then I called 911. After that, I was holding down on the neck of the female and my neighbor was giving compressions to the one that is now pronounced deceased, " said the witness.

For now, it's unknown whether police have a suspect in custody but police say residents are not in danger.

"The scene is secure, there's no ongoing risks to the community and as you can see, we have detectives and uniformed officers on scene investigating," said Commander John Murray from Salinas Police Department.

Murray is asking the community to speak out if they saw anything and can report it anonymously to Salinas PD.

UPDATE 8/31/21: Salinas Police are saying this homicide is the result of a shooting that took place in the area.

Police confirm one person is dead and one person suffered life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Maryal and East Bernal Drive.

Investigators say the shooting happened outside of a home in the area.

No other information was provided by police in terms of what led up to the shooting.


Salinas Police are at the scene of what they're calling a homicide off of East Bernal and Maryal Drive.

A police officer on scene confirmed the information with KION but would not provide additional details on the incident. They've only stated at least one person is dead.

When asked if this was the result of a shooting, Salinas Police said they would not comment on that at this time.

KION is working on getting additional information on this developing story. For now, the intersection of Maryal and East Bernal Drive is closed off as police investigate.

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Victor Guzman

Victor Guzman is the Assistant News Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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Stephanie Aceves is a former multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.


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