OAKLAND -- Five boys, two as young as 14, have been arrested in the killing of a San Jose paramedic in the Oakland hills two weeks ago, and police said Tuesday the juveniles have admitted their involvement in the slaying.

Quinn Boyer, a Dublin resident, was stopped at Keller Avenue and Hansom Drive about noon April 2 when the teens pulled their car alongside his Honda Civic and someone shot him in the head at point-blank range, police said.

He never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital April 4. Boyer had driven his father to a doctor's appointment that morning and then dropped him off at his Oakland hills home, and was alone in the car when he was shot.

The motive remains unclear, but the teens were arrested Monday and Tuesday ¿on suspicion of murder, robbery and carjacking, police said. The boys' names have not been released because of their ages.

Two are 14, two are 15 and one is 16, police said. They are all friends, but are not believed to be gang members, police said.

"I'm deeply concerned about an unacceptable and disturbing trend where robberies and other crimes are being committed by young people 13 to 17," said police Chief Howard Jordan. "Young people are finding it very simple to point a gun and shoot someone."

Police said Boyer was a random target. After he was shot, he apparently hit the gas pedal, propelling his car over a median strip and into a ravine.


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Following the shooting, people in the Keller Avenue area described a "suspicious vehicle" in the area on the day Boyer was shot, giving investigators an idea of the car they were seeking.

An abandoned car -- police have declined to name the make and model -- was found on the afternoon of April 3 near Horace Mann Elementary School in East Oakland, miles from where Boyer was shot. Police said Oakland school district police Officer Anthony Fergoso helped identify most of the teens through surveillance video taken from near where the car was left.

The case is headed to the Alameda County District Attorney and criminal charges could be filed as early as Wednesday. Police are also investigating if the juveniles, or some of them, are linked to other crimes.

Boyer, a newly married 34-year-old, was memorialized Tuesday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Oakland after a service that drew hundreds of friends, relatives, firefighters, paramedics, police, and city leaders, including Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

Boyer had worked as a paramedic for Santa Clara County since 2008, with a stellar reputation on the job. In the days after he was shot, a memorial adorned the front lawn of his employer, Rural/Metro Ambulance, to honor him. The cities of Oakland, Sunnyvale and Milpitas proclaimed Tuesday as Quinn Boyer Day.

Boyer grew up in Oakland and graduated from Sonoma State, the Santa Rosa Fire Academy and Foothill College's paramedic program. He had recently been accepted into the physician's assistant program at Stanford. He was also a Big Brother and a volunteer at the Order of Malta clinic in Oakland, his family said.

His family has declined to speak publicly about the killing, and were not available to comment on the arrests.

Boyer was the 24th person killed in Oakland this year. Anyone with more information can contact Oakland police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572 or 510-777-3211.

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