Jesse Martinez, age 27 was a devoted father to his three young children (Adam, age 8), (Alan, age 5) and (Addison, age 3) and the mother of his children Jacquie. For the past year he worked as a tow truck driver in the Inland Empire and enjoyed the career while often working long hours during the day and night. On October 7, he was dispatched to a customer’s home in Riverside to tow his vehicle to a mechanics shop around 1:00 pm. After loading the vehicle onto the flatbed of his work truck, the customer who was intoxicated attempted to climb up onto the flatbed to retrieve some items from his vehicle. To our best knowledge, Jesse attempted to stop him from this act as it is against company policy to enter a vehicle while on the tow truck for customer safety. Neighbors heard arguing before 7-9 gunshots in rapid succession. The neighbors that did come out of their houses after the gunshots observed a young male running away from the scene and Jesse lying on the street. One of the neighbors who was a nurse ran to Jesse to start compression. From what we know, he passed quickly before paramedics could arrive.
Jesse also leaves behind a family that includes three siblings, Laura, Norma and Brenda and his parents Eligio and Norma. The family is absolutely devastated by the loss of a brother and son. Jesse’s young children now must embark on a future without their father. Our family will come together to support his children in every way possible in the coming years. Jesse was always known for his bond to family and his children. If someone in the family was having a baby or birthday party or other life event, he would drop everything and just appear. If you needed help moving or with a home project, he would volunteer his days off from work to come help. He was just that type of guy. Jesse was an extremely hard worker and never feared a challenging set of circumstances. He would often try to present a tough character, but he was in fact a very sensitive and emotional man. I recall many conversations that I had with over the years in which he would talk about the struggles of his life and would break down into tears. Within a few minutes though he would cheer and up say something like, “I just need to work harder,” or “I know things are going to get better.”
The coming days, weeks and months will be incredibly tough for the Martinez family as they plan a funeral and figure out ways to support his children through this process. We ask for your kind words, prayers and thoughts as we go through the grieving process. If you would like to support the family, please know that these donations will go directly towards funeral costs and a legacy plan for his children’s support. It’s a strange thing that we think about giving money to support someone’s family dealing with loss, but the money donated represents a community’s support toward taking just one burden off a grieving families plate.
Rest easy brother Jesse. We will do our best to keep the memory of you alive for your children and all those that loved and cared about you.
-Written by Jesse’s brother-in-law. Jesse’s sister Laura will be managing this fund for disbursement toward funeral expenses and support of his children.