Finally, a little good news from our neighbor to the south.
The developmentally disabled man was returning home from visiting his girlfriend, and just blocks from his home when he was gunned down.
For nearly a year, police had no suspects or any motive for the shooting.
That changed last month, when Hickey’s mother and long-time girlfriend appealed for anyone with information to step forward.
Following leads developed as a result of that appeal, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore today announced the arrest of 21-year old Juan Ignacio Gomez and 19-year old Humberto Emanuel Galvez. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, while both men are associated with a gang, they did not appear to know their victim and the case does not appear to be gang related.
The paper also notes that it did not look like Hickey was robbed; no motive was given for the shooting.
Of the nine fatal shootings of Southern California cyclists last year, this is the only one that occurred outside of Los Angeles County, and only the second which did not appear to be a result of gang violence.