$10K Reward Offered in Fourth of July Party Killing

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    Investigators hope the possibility of a $10,000 reward will help solve the murder of an Escondido man shot after just arriving to a Fourth of July party.

    Daniel Eugene Alexander, 26, was shot in the head at a home in the 500 block of Vine Street in Escondido on July 4,2009.

    When Alexander arrived to a party around 11:30 p.m., a group of men from a party next door blocked his path, identified themselves as gang members and refused to let him pass, the victim's roommate and friend told the North County Times.

    One man went inside the home and quickly returned, the friend told the paper, and that's when the men heard loud bangs and saw loud flashes.

    An Escondido police officer arrived and found Alexander on the driveway, shot in the head.

    Federico Ramos, 31, (pictured above left) is wanted in connection with the murder according to investigators.

    Alexander was remembered as a member of a community group that regularly played disc golf at Montiel Park in San Marcos. Allen Risley, a community services commissioner with the city of San Marcos, was part of a group of about 60 people who met regularly to play disc golf.  "He was a guy who would walk up to you with his hand out and a smile on his face," Risley said.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call San Diego Crimestoppers at (888) 580-8477.

    A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and up to $9,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of Federico Ramos.