SIOUX CITY | Michael Delgado had lived in Sioux City for only a couple of months and was planning to return to his California hometown when he was killed last week, his mother said Monday.
“He had wanted me to visit, but I couldn’t because the grandkids were starting school,” Mary Grimaldo, of Fresno, Calif., said. “He was supposed to be coming home in January to stay; he was going to come home and start the new year.”
Delgado, 35, and Yolanda Valdez, 35, of Orange City, Iowa, died after they were shot late Thursday night at a house in the 500 block of West 27th Street, police said.
Delgado lived in the house with several others, including a third shooting victim, Luis Sanchez, 33, of Sioux City, who underwent surgery and was expected to survive.
Police said the shooting took place after Sanchez exchanged words with Juan Nino-Estrada, who is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Nino-Estrada, 26, of Sioux City, had a gunshot wound to the leg when he was arrested, but police have not said how he was injured.
Police Chief Doug Young said last week that Delgado and Valdez knew Nino-Estrada and that drugs were believed to have been a factor in the shooting.
Grimaldo said her son had moved to Sioux City from South Dakota to make a new start. She said she didn't know any of the others involved in the shooting or what might have led to his death.
“My son was a very good person, he had a beautiful smile,” she said. “He would help anybody, anybody. He loved his nieces, his brothers and his sisters.”
She learned of his death after her daughter received a text message and has not been in contact with Sioux City police, Grimaldo said.
Police waited until Sunday to release the names of Delgado and Valdez while they worked to positively identify them and contact family members.
Journal efforts to find friends or relatives of Valdez on Monday were unsuccessful.