Shot Fired, 5 Year old Dead – Eliyanah Crisostomo, 5, was killed on northbound Interstate 880 (I-880) in Fremont, and three people have been detained in connection with the crime by Golden Gate Division detectives of the California Highway Patrol. Three people, Humberto Anaya, 29, of Fremont, Kristo Ayala, 25, of Pleasanton, and Emmanuel Sarango, 27, of Fremont, have each been charged with one count of murder under Penal Code Section 187, six counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle under Penal Code Section 246, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon under Penal Code Section 245(b).
Eliyanah was sitting in the back passenger seat of her family’s car on the southbound I-880 in Fremont, CA, on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at around 6:40 PM. While driving close to the Crisostomo’s vehicle, Anaya, Ayala, and Sarango opened fire into it many times, killing Eliyanah. After discovering what had happened, the Crisostomo family pulled over to ask for assistance when they spotted a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer stationed on the side of the freeway. Eliyanah sadly passed away shortly after that.
After realizing they were connected to a shooting in the City of Fremont, a Santa Cruz Police Department officer tracked down and apprehended the perpetrators. CHP investigators were able to link the people detained to the incident in Fremont and link their car to the shooting that claimed Eliyanah’s life. All inquiries on the facts surrounding the shooting in the city of Fremont should be referred to the Fremont Police Department, which is still looking into the event.
Although suspects have been identified and charges have been brought, the circumstances of this unfortunate tragedy are still being investigated, so it is not possible to provide information linking the suspects to Eliyanah’s murder. Building the strongest case against those guilty for this heinous act—which has left a family mourning the loss of a kind and caring little girl—is our duty and our obligation. We appreciate the help with this investigation from the Santa Cruz Police Department, the Fremont Police Department, the Scotts Valley Police Department, the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.