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Suspects Plead Not Guilty in 2010 Hayward Teen Homicide

Hayward residents Robert Yim and Veronica Rodriguez are being charged in the 2010 murder of Samuel Nava III. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 7.

Two Hayward suspects pleaded not guilty this morning to killing a Hayward teen in 2010.

were arrested in late March in relation to the death of Samuel Nava III. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Elgin Lowe said the two pleaded not guilty this morning‬ at the Hayward courthouse.

Nava's mother, Sarita Nava, declined to comment when asked about hearing the pleas, which were entered more than three months after the suspects' arrests.

Yim is . Eddins was gunned down in front of Barnard-White Middle School in Union City. Five others were also arrested and charged with murder for the benefit of a street gang in that case.

On May 3, 2010 at about 6:45 p.m., Nava, who was 17 at the time, was shot and killed while riding in a car in Hayward. He was in the backseat of the vehicle, which was making a U-turn from north Mission Boulevard to south Mission Boulevard at the intersection with Industrial Parkway.

Yim and Rodriguez were arrested in Newark after investigators determined them to be suspects in the case through "forensics examinations and witness accounts," according to a police report.

A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 7.

UnionCityRes July 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
DAMMMNNN. Its sad to look at the news & see a picture of your old 2nd grade classmate being arrested for being connected with the shooting death of an innocent kid. She has a kid or kids too. WTF girl, shoulda got outta that gang crap, its taking you no where & you see that now.
Your Name July 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
It is sad to see young lives destroyed by gangs and violence. Samuel Nava would still be alive today if the community of Decoto would have given Robert Yim up to the UCPD. Because in the end that is how they caught this killer "forensics examinations and witness accounts" along with his accomplice girlfriend. I keep reading about this anger from the residents of UC at Vernon Eddins and his family who were awarded damages for the loss of their 14 year old child. Are you people out of your minds? a child was gunned down in your streets, a 14 year old child and all you seem to be concerned with is that his family got paid. How very Christian of you. Even if this kid was walking down the street yelling it didn't warrant him being shot to death in front of a school. And now we are finding out that is was the same person, Robert Yim who took both lives, no make that 3 because this young girls future is all but over too.
agope love July 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Just for ur info ex union city resident none of the kids from Decoto even like that loser yim and nobody talk to him for years so as far as someone telling?? You can't tell on something u don't know!! That Guy could rot in hell he deserves to pay thats sure!!!
agope love July 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
@brown eyes I'm sure there is more than what we read in the media, and we dont know all the facts but what we do know is yim is a coward and deserves to pay I'm sure the girl will be found innocent!!
smiles July 06, 2012 at 03:04 AM
@UnionCityRes The media should post facts an post the true facts. Everyone is so quick to judge an point fingers by what they hear but what everyone don't no is what really happen.
UnionCityRes July 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Hey you may be right, you may be wrong. I do hope all goes well with her & doesnt get hit too hard with anything, I DO know thas she's a mom & no kids deserve to be away from their mom at such a young age & im sure we can all agree on that.
UnionCityRes July 06, 2012 at 04:23 AM
And not to be on anyones bad side but if she was really innocent why'd they pick her up then? Why were the so called "witnesses" point at her and him?
smiles July 06, 2012 at 06:51 AM
@Unioncityres The media should post facts an post the truth facts. Everyone is so quick to judge an point fingers by what they hear but what everyone don't no what really happen....so if you weren't there then no one should be speaking on something that they dont know what happen..... An if they are so fast to judge you can be the next accused person..... While Robert Yim sits in there i hope he rots in there as for Veronica Rodriguez who is the innocent party who everyone is so quick to judge but don't know all the details on what is really going on....So before you start pointing fingers make sure the media has the story straight.
Your Name July 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I never thought that I would ever say this but DE/Agope Love: I agree with you that the girl was and is probably innocent. However, she knew of and about the killings, and because she did not go to the police and kept quiet, that now makes her an accessory to murder. Especially in Samuel Nava's case being that she was there when Samuel was shot by Robert Yim but again did not go to the authorities.
agope love July 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
@EX UNION CITY RESIDENT LOL I know I'm surprised I'm glad we could agree on one thing:)....That loser probably threatened her!! Who knows!!?? I'm sure the courts will determine what happen and what happens to the girl ....
Your Name July 07, 2012 at 11:15 PM
@ the truth: Lighten up. Your swearing overshadows your points, no one here is disagreeing with about Yim. He is a POS but you don't have to keep dropping the F-Bomb to validate your statement. Yim is walking death sucking the life out of anyone who comes in contact with him. He has taken this young woman's life away along with 2 others that he killed in cold blood. I only hope that the pain that all the mothers are feeling for their lost children will weigh down on his conscience, but I doubt that. Nice parenting Mr. & Mrs. Yim perhaps you could teach us all what NOT to do with our kids because something happened to your son a long time ago that manifested itself in the type of outcome. This young girl Veronica just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time which often occurs when you choose to hang around with low -lifes, and now her future is in limbo and that of her child(ren) too. I am just glad that they picked up Yim before he killed someone else. Yim will get treated like a punk in prison, be sure of that. Just let the brothers find out that he killed a 14 year old child and Yim will be singing Opera, Soprano hitting all the high notes.
smiles July 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I have too agree with Ex Union City Resident and Brown eyes
agope love July 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
@THE TRUTH Didn't your mama teach u how to speak?? Nobody hears nothing your saying with all them f bombs your dropping!! Any who totally agree with you ex union city resident!!!
UnionCityRes July 16, 2012 at 04:36 PM
oh so your saying she WASNT A gang member? So whats up with her name that she was called by? What was it again? ... " Smiley De Decoto" ooo yea she was a good girl. SIKE.
UnionCityRes July 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And i said I KNEW her not that we were best friends. Get that right.
Your Name July 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I think (no proof) that this is how it probably played out: Veronica and Samuel Nava may have exchanged glances, psycho Yim sees that and gets mad. Yim then starts getting aggressive which may have prompted Samuel Nava to leave along with his friends. Yim could not handle being "disrespected" and because he thought that he had gotten away with murder once (Vernon Eddins) figured he could do it again and prove a point to his girlfriend, at the same time reinforce what he was capable of doing, being a loser "Gangsta". He shoots Samuel Nava killing him and takes off with the Veronica. She is probably scared out of her mind at this point thinking he could do this to her and may or may not have realized that she too was now an accomplice. I'm pretty sure that Yim may have echoed that sentiment to enforce his control on her. What would any young girl who is not very sophisticated/smart do? I say that because she was stupid enough to get involved with this POS Yim to start with, and it went all down hill from there. Note to parents, use this case as an example of what can happen if you decide to hang around "Gangstas" If you don't want to be a snitch at least remove yourself from the element that will take you down, then you will have no reason to snitch. I am a parent too.
UnionCityRes July 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Yea yea yea, not what everyone that KNOWS her says. But hey, hopefully we're wrong. But when she was throwing up the "D" for Decoto in most of her pictures, its kinda hard to disbelieve that she wasnt involved one way or another. Unless she was one of those little wanna-be "gangsta" girls that threw up anything just to look cool. Which in either way is pathetic. And me? hiding behind a fake name? yea right, I reside in UC so therefore, my name is not fake. I should ask you the same "BROWN EYES". If she was really worried about her kids, she should have known better, its called having common sense and good judgement. If YIM was really bad news and it was known that he was bad news it would only make sense that she would be smart enough to send him packing. If i were a mom and some jerk like that was around me and my kids, i would send his ass to the left, no matter if I had feelings for him or not, if he's bad news,he's bad news and I for one would most certainly not have my kids around him.
UnionCityRes July 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Oo yea, Her baby daddy, wasnt he involved in some sh*t aswell? All I can say is god help her kids so they dont follow in the wrong path.
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
AS WELL AS HIS ACCOMPLICE……….thats for sure!!
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@AGOPELOVE@SMILES THE ROLE MEDIA PLAYS IS SIMPLY TO TRANSCRIBE FACTS THEY’RE GIVEN FROM proper SOURCES AND INFORM THE PUBLIC THAT A VIOLENT senseless cognizant MURDER HAS OCCURRED; INVOLVING TWO DESPICABLE, abject SOULS WHICH ARE NOW A DANGER TO SOCIETY! HENCE MAKING OTHER FAMILIES AWARE THERE ARE TWO heartless, cold-blooded, animals wandering the streets!
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
FORTUNATELY CONGRESS DESIGNED LAWS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PARENTS WHOM HARBOR information relating to or involving MALICIOUS CONDUCT. SAD BUT TRUE THESE CHILDREN MAY BE BETTER OFF NOT KNOWING THEIR MOTHER?
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
LET THE TRUTH PREVAIL!
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
ENDANGERING a CHILDS LIFE WHILE TAKING ANOTHER………….HARDLY promotes being IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. THat PARADOX “BEING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WONG TIME” DESCRIBES THE TRAGIC LOSS OF SAMUEL NAVA, III. While SITTING IN THE BACKSEAT OF A CAR, GETTING A RIDE HOME FROM the MALL BY AN ACQUAINTANCE, unbeknown to him, suddenly being STRUCK IN THE HEAD from A BULLET THAT WASN’T EXPECTED NOR DESERVED, shot from the gun of A RUTHLESS MALE ACCOMPAnIED BY HIS RUTHLESS FEMALE FRIEND~ is more accurate.
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
@BROWNEYES - FREE CLINICS ARE AVAILABLE ~LOOK INTO IT GET SOME READERS! @UIONCITYRES Clearly states “Its sad to look at the news & see a picture of your old 2nd grade classmate being arrested for being connected with the shooting death of an innocent kid. She has a kid or kids too” An emotion was expressed about a classmate gone wrong!
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM
DEFINITION OF COWARD - (MOST INSULTING WORD KNOWN TO MAN) > >>>PEOPLE WHO RUN WHEN THEY HAVE FEAR FROM ACTING OUT A WRONGDOING; COWARDS WILL RUN AND HIDE WHEN THEY ARE FRIGHTENED FROM THE UNKNOWN OR BY THEIR OWN GUILT; PEOPLE WHO CANT/WONT FACE THEIR PROBLEMS HEAD ON. Things that make ya go “hhhhhhhmmmmmm”
Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@Ex Union City Resident SAMUEL NAVA,III ~ WAS THE MOST AMAZING PERSON YOU DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET! Not only was he that, He was a Son, A Brother, The Great Great Grandson of Pancho Villa, A Great Grandson, A Grandson, A Cousin, A Nephew, A Godson, A Friend, an ATHLETE and an inspiration to those he didn’t know! HE WAS "Audi" he DID NOT SOCIALIZE WITH OR BELONG TO ANY GANG. HE REPRESENTED “SAMUEL NAVA, III ~ PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!”
Brown eyes July 28, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Yea Let the truth prevail! its okay
Iduaro Fevol July 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
@Brown Eyes - Union City is a small town..I used to live there for 10 yars! Too much gang violence forced me to move away! Have A Nice Day. @Ex Union City Resident - Thank you for the compliment, nope not in law enforcement nor do I know anyone from any ot the families. This young boy must have been from a well known family or it's a high profile case? Maybe because Robert Yim was charged in another murder case the media has kept close coverage on this case. I don't know. I know just as much as you ...... I gathered my thoughts from what I've read in all the newspapers and heard on the news. Either way ....just my opinion, both should get life! Society doesn't need people like that on our streets.
Stop Lying August 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
His mother died as he was growing up and had no real guidance it seems, so dont just assume parentingis involved...if thats the case we need to look at the parents of Veronica as they have for years allowed kids to drink and party in their home...we ll know that...Sad the young girl had knowledge of two murders and was ok with that until she was personally affected...she didnt care, she is just saving her own butt now...
Stop Lying August 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree they should both be looked at, as in may other cases from the neighborhood just knowledge was enough for a life sentence....is she special cuz her dad is a BART cop? this is sad, she is young but she didnt care about two lives she is stated to have gave testimony on now that are lost and put others in jail to bring herself home....

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