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Loved ones remember slain Redding man

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Jan 27 2014 09:39:59 PM CST
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21-year-old Thomas Sladek

REDDING, Calif. -

On Monday those close to 21-year-old Thomas Sladek questioned why he was killed so young.

"Somebody has to know something, somebody has to say something, because no body's son, friend, brother deserves to just be shot and disappear," said a teary Sandra Vasquez.

Standing together in remembrance, an adoptive family as they called themselves to Sladek; mom, Vasquez, sister Latecia Hamner and longtime friend Tyler Weatherbe remembered  the good times with the man they loved.

Vasquez said Sladek had a rough time growing up and ever since sixth grade began staying at her house.

"Mom, mama Sandra, that's what he called me," said Vasquez.

On Sunday night around 7 p.m. she got the worst news a mother could get, Sladek arrived at her home, shot.

Police and a medical team arrived to take him to the hospital.

Redding Police said he was shot less than a mile away at Alta Mesa Park.

They said several suspects approached Sladek while he was in an SUV.

There was some sort of altercation, Sladek was fired at and the suspects took off on foot.

The motive for the shooting is still unclear.

Those close to him said Sladek had been in trouble before but he was young and was still trying to figure out his life.

They said he had a big heart and loved to have fun.

"If you were standing there and weren't paying attention he would just run up and grab you. I mean he put people through my walls, I had to repair so many walls and windows because he just wanted to play," said a laughing Vasquez.

While there are many questions surrounding his death, Vasquez knows one thing remains true.

"A lot of people are going to miss him."

Late Monday afternoon Redding Police investigators announced they had one suspect in custody.

After serving a search warrant at a home on the 2900 block of Newbury Lane they arrested 20-year-old Logan Barnhart for conspiracy, attempted robbery, and murder.

Officers are still searching for two more suspects who are considered armed and dangerous.

They are 17-year-old Raquan Matthews and 18-year-old Dillion Sims.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts are asked to contact Redding Police Investigations Unit at (530) 225-4214.