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Default Nick "Thickness" Barrios, City of Riverside, 2010

October 31, 2010- Riverside City Firefighter Nick "Thickness" Barrios was tragically and cowardly murdered while off duty by an associate of his girlfriend.

Riverside firefighters were in shock Monday, trying to cope with
the weekend death of an off-duty firefighter who was ambushed and
shot to death while walking a woman to her car.

Fire stations across the city flew the American flag and a
purple and black Fire Department mourning flag at half-staff in
remembrance of Nick Barrios, 41. He had worked as an engineer at
Riverside Fire Station 14 off Central Avenue in Canyon Crest since
it opened in 2007. Nicolas Barrios

Barrios was walking a woman to her car at 3:30 a.m. when Rene
Trejo, 36, of Moreno Valley, confronted them in front of a home on
Windemere Way in Canyon Crest, Riverside police Lt. Ed Blevins

Police believe Trejo had been waiting for Barrios and fired
several rounds, shooting Barrios multiple times while he was
standing in the street. The woman was not injured and her identity
was not released.

The woman was involved in a relationship with Trejo several
months earlier that had ended, Blevins said. Police did not know
what relationship the woman had with Barrios.

After Barrios was shot, police believe Trejo followed the woman
inside the house where he shot and killed himself in front of her.
Detectives said they were not searching for any additional
suspects. Neither Trejo nor Barrios had criminal records.

Riverside firefighter-paramedics were called to the shooting as
a standard medical aid. They took Barrios by ambulance to a nearby
hospital where he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Barrios joined the Riverside Fire Department in 1998 after
working for Victorville Fire and the Apple Valley Protection
District. On Monday, Riverside Fire Division Chief John Martinez
visited Station 14, where each of the city’s firefighters wore a
black band over their badges. Martinez said Barrios loved
firefighting and Riverside.

He was quiet, but enthusiastic and a model firefighter about his
job, Martinez said.

“We’re still coping with it, and working in different ways,
trying to support each other,” Martinez said. “It’s a little
different for firefighters, because we live together and eat
together. It’s like losing someone from your family.”
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