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Press Release

Protecting Utah

Investigators Seek to Find Suspects Involved in 10-year-old Freeway Shooting

Tuesday February 5, 2019

In January 2009, an altercation between two rival gangs occurred on the west side of Salt Lake City. After the altercation, Cesar Ramirez and his brother, who were riding inside a green Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Matthew Day and two others, who were inside a black Nissan Maxima, continued their argument onto I-15. A short time later, shots were fired from one car to the other, resulting in the death of Ramirez. 

Day was later convicted of manslaughter, but since 2009, investigators with the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Bureau of Investigation have been working the fatal freeway shooting case. DPS investigators believe Day was the driver of the Nissan, but not the shooter. Investigators have revamped their efforts in the hope that someone will speak up after ten years. 

The State Bureau of Investigation is offering a $5,000 reward for information that will directly lead to the arrest and conviction of the two remaining suspects. 

Both vehicles involved in the shooting were on display during the media availability. DPS is hoping to gather additional information and hold all individuals accountable for their actions.

“We’re hoping that now after 10 years, there will be someone who will want to talk who didn’t before,” said Agent Scott Nesbitt.

Anyone with information on the case can call the State Bureau of Investigation at 801-965-4747.

You can watch the full media availability below:

The black Nissan Maxima Matthew Day was driving when Cesar Ramirez was shot and killed. SBI Agents are asking anyone with information to get in touch with them and offering a $5,000 reward.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Cesar Ramirez was driving when he was shot and killed in January 2009.


Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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