Crime

July 4 shooting victim dies. Pasco teen facing murder charge

Suspect Pedro Cadenas makes his first appearance in Frnklin County Superior Court for the July 4 shooting of Pasco resident Jorge Rodriguez. His attorney, Craig Stilwill, right, follows him into the courtroom.
Suspect Pedro Cadenas makes his first appearance in Frnklin County Superior Court for the July 4 shooting of Pasco resident Jorge Rodriguez. His attorney, Craig Stilwill, right, follows him into the courtroom. Tri-City Herald

Nearly a month after he was shot, a 51-year-old Pasco father of three has died.

Jorge Rodriguez was apparently running an errand to a grocery store on July 4 when he reportedly got into a confrontation with a Pasco teen.

Pedro Cadenas, 17, is accused of shooting the farmworker and may now be charged with murder. Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant is considering whether to up the charges.

Rodriguez had called his daughter, Darlin Molina, a half hour before he was shot to say he was going to pick up some tomatoes.

It’s not clear what happened between he and Pedro Cadenas, who reportedly did not know each other.

Cadenas is charged in Franklin Superior Court with first-degree assault with a gun, drive-by shooting and second-degree unlawful possession of a gun and attempted vehicle theft.

He had left at a barbecue party near 28th Avenue and West A Street in Pasco and ended up getting into Rodriguez’ Cadillac Escalade.

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

They were heading west on Lewis Street when Rodriguez was shot and they crashed.

Rodriguez got out and began looking for help. Cadenas allegedly tried to drive the SUV away but couldn’t because of the damage.

Rodriguez was eventually transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where doctors told the family his brain was severely damaged.

“His injuries were too serious for recovery and doctors have done all they could do,” Molina posted on GoFundMe. “We never expected him to leave us so soon. We are still needing donations, now for funeral arrangements, as well.”

The soon-to-be grandfather had been moved recently to hospice care in Kennewick.

A GoFundMe campaign raised about $2,500 toward a $30,000 goal.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert

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