Livermore Man and Pleasanton Girl Found Dead In Newark Believed To Have Been In A Relationship

Family of Patricia Martin, 17, posted on Facebook that she was last seen with 24-year-old boyfriend James Cole of Livermore.

The two bodies found in a second floor room at the E-Z 8 Motel in Newark Friday morning were that of a 24-year-old Livermore man and a 17-year-old Pleasanton girl, according to the Newark Police Department.

They sustained gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the case as a murder-suicide or a double suicide.

Though authorities have not released the identities of the victims, family and friends confirmed that the teenage victim was Patricia Martin, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"missing-pleasanton-teen-found-dead-in-newark-believed-to-be-patricia-martin"} -->, who was 

Your Name September 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
@Pleasanton Mom: After you get off of your high horse, how about you respectfully remove your detailed account of the families personal tragedies first. Lead by example.
C. Jones September 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM
As a parent of teen daughter, and in this mother's defense, she probably didn't know all that was going on. My daughter was very good at hiding things from me.
C. Jones September 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
C. Jones September 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
C. Jones September 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
How very tragic. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family.
Pleasanton Mom September 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Ex union city resident: I can tell we both desire to protect this family. I can appreciate your concern, but please know I have not and will not say anything that the family has not publicly said. It's so hard to see people judge this mom when I feel it is obvious they don't know her. So I know I'm not perfect and maybe I'm not saying it the perfect way, but my heart is truly in the right place and I just can't not say anything when such things are said about her because I feel I owe Tricia and her family more. The comments such as the one above are causing more pain and sadness for those that love Tricia and her family, many of which are still children themselves. I will continue to be very mindful of what I say as the last thing I would ever want to do is cause any more pain for her lived ones. I do think this is something most of us have in common. I think it is also right to defend them when they are unfairly attacked by people who do not know them.
Charlotte September 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM
"A reader" has left snotty comments on my blog and is generally an Internet troll.
mr haho September 18, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Crypticpainter September 18, 2012 at 04:06 AM
You are obviously as ignorant as they come. There is no perfect parent out there. I was a heartless and rebellious teenager 15 yrs ago and let me tell you how INVOLVED my mother was. Every time I didn't return her calls or show up late I knew other parents were being called at all hours of the night because my mom was looking for me and I ALWAYS feared she would show up at a party to drag me home. But you know what? With all that said she could not stop me from hanging out with losers or ditching school or doing drugs, because my parents were blue collar people trying to make ends meat and they couldn't leave their jobs to go following me everywhere. There are so many parents to blame out there BUT how do you know she's one of them? You don't.
Allthatazz Nicole Marshall September 18, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Im now a mother of 4 girls and my oldest is 15 Listening to thisband watching other scares the hell out me. Livermore really needs to come together to find way that are fun and interesting for our teens today because what is now fun fir them is drinkin and drugs. I was reading and commented on someone about oaklandization however oakland has many projects for the teens. And really i thinks some of our kids here in livermore would like.and a great place to start would be in that old building on the Corner of S livermore and pacific. A teen place i have so many ideas for it and really believe it would work and to be honest i've Said It many times but no one really wants to listen. But im desperately wanting to keep My girls away from violence and old perverts.
Tami Scalise/Halton September 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Sorry, but I think that this poor Mom DIDNT want her daughter near him, that is why the daughter ran away, then his little cryptic message on face book just to make this devastated mother feel like she is to blame, he is a sick individual and a coward.
Bobzinger September 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
There are many youth oriented programs in Livermore...They are at churches and called "Youth Groups". There is also "Young Life". They both provide posative and uplifting places for youth to go to be encouraged.
Mr. Pickles September 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@Allthatazz Nicole Marshall; After reading your post I can see you spent a little time in our esteemed public school system. Maybe Obama will dedicate a hangout downtown where our youths can work on that ghetto speech. We got to keep up with Oakland.
T.P.W. September 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
It really is sad that people use blogs such as this one to get out their anger and hate for themselves. In this day and age people should show a little bit more sympathy and caring for others whether you know them personally or not. It really would make the world a better place to live if we did. I agree with the others about removing such negative comments or opinions. Its very obvious and clear as day that these are people that want to inflict hurt and pain on others (misery loves company)!!!!!!!!!!! Normal people don't want to se that mess.
Missy September 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
This is so sad. I read the missing article about a week ago and I was really hoping it wasn't this young girl when I saw the article in SFgate (since they only released her age). Condolences to the friends and family.
Tammi September 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I agree. I don't know her but I suspect she was doing the right thing and did not approve of the relationship. My heart goes out to her.
jan September 18, 2012 at 04:42 PM
keeping children busy is a chore on it's own. i have to admit my dad kept me away from many things bad in east side san jose first by signing me up for classes at the community centers, taking hula/taihitian classes 3 x a wk...and never to go on a date without a chaperone until i was 18. yes, and i followed all these rules, i too became a single parent and raised my daughter in the same fashion. this is work and you still can't be guarenteed that creeps won't be hanging around the facility. creeps are everywhere. one can only hope that our children make the right choices when they are out of our sites...god bless the martin ohana for all of thier loss this yr. light, love, and prayers to you
DarrenM September 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
It irks me that we have no rituals of manhood in our society. Get to be 18 and poof - you apparently magically transform into a MAN from a boy. The mere facts of this case certainly suggest that despite being 24, James was not a man. In my opinion a man differs from a boy in that he puts other's needs ahead of his own. Selfishness characterizes boyhood - a mature respect for others ought to characterize manhood. A true man cherishes those he holds dear. He looks out for their needs, being willing to sacrifice his own comfort to care for them as necessary. If it turns out that James indeed shot this girl and then turned the gun on himself, then one of he questions we ought to be asking is how can we help boys become men, instead of more physically powerful boys? There are too many grey haired boys walking around today.
Mr. Pickles September 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good post @DarrenM: Our youth orientated culture allows childish behavior far into adulthood.
Darwinian Justice September 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Considering some people's borderline literacy here I'm not surprised that folks haven't really wanted to listen to their ideas. Here's an idea on something kids can do: introduce them (and yourself) to a library. People might listen more when they see a well-composed sentence. That'd probably be too hard though, especially when you could just ask the taxpayers to buy the poorly-parented kids a new rec center.
Pleasanton Mom September 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The library has actually been known to throw middle and high schoolers out after school. Definitely not the most teen friendly place in town. Sorry, but true.
Pleasanton Mom September 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I believe this to be the case as well.
Pleasanton Mom September 19, 2012 at 02:52 AM
@darrenm profound
Melissa September 19, 2012 at 03:09 AM
He lied about his age! The mother had no idea what is true age was!!
Melissa September 19, 2012 at 03:12 AM
He lied about his age! The mother had no idea what his true age was!!
jessica rabbit September 19, 2012 at 03:12 AM
wow wtf is wrong with you? she lost her fuckin kid and ur gunna talk shit bout her parenting! i used to date james at first hes real cool then he becomes cling trust and believe patricias mother was tricked who the fuck do u think you are to judge someones fuckin parenting!
James Nelson September 19, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Wow, CNN's Website Links to this Story, you know the City of Newark is Relevant when Millions of people see it mentioned on such a Big Stage.
Pleasanton Mom September 19, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Patch: Why is this even a story? Very early on the mother said she thought she was with her "boyfriend" so this article is for nothing but to state what was already known so you could continue to attract readers as if this was something you had uncovered. You know she works for a rival news outlet and I would therefore think you would do certain things as a professional courtesy. The first would not to post articles that you make look like they include some selacious new detail when it is an item that was public before she was found. Second, I'm sure you've noticed that Pleasanton weekly has disabled comments on anything they've posted on the story out of respect for the mom. Are page views so important to you that you'd use the pain of a grieving mom to drive traffic to your page? Stop printing old news and disable the comments. Show some respect, even if it is fake and if you truly font care.
SanLeandroSingleDad September 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As a single dad of 3 teen girls, one of whom is turning 18 tomorrow, I've lost count of how many times I was considered the bad guy because I wouldn't let them go places without supervision. I'm sure the mother tried her best and my heart goes out to her ... when you're a working parent and you don't have any help at home and the kids are intent on being defiant ... you do all you can do and it still may not be enough. My 17yo lied, snuck out, got a tattoo, smoked pot, slept with a lot of boys in spite of my best efforts to keep her safe ... it could have been her in that motel room.
David Mills (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Hi, all: We had to delete one comment here due to foul language. We also think everyone has had their say, so we are shutting off comments for this particular article. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to the conversation.


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