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San Jose anti-gang and religion boss found dead

SANTA CLARA COUNTY – Robert “Rabbit” Rios, a community and faith leader in San Jose who went missing nearly a month ago, has been found dead, his son confirmed. Diego Rios, 25, said the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office contacted him over the weekend and arranged to have him identify his father’s body on…

SANTA CLARA COUNTY — Robert”Rabbit” Rios, a neighborhood and faith leader at San Jose who went missing almost a month ago, has been found dead, his son confirmed.

Diego Rios, 25, said the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office contacted him on the weekend and arranged to have him identify his father’s body on Wednesday. The agency, however, didn’t disclose any details.

“I’ve some questions regarding what occurred,” Diego Rios said. “He was my dad, so I love himand I only need to ensure that he gets the correct rest he wants now.”

Robert Rios, 65, disappeared on June 7. His Honda Accord was later discovered near Capitol Expressway and McLaughlin Avenue, empty, without any of his belongings.

Diego Rios filed a missing persons report with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on June 10. Reached by Wednesday night, a spokesperson stated she would check to see whether any updates on the case were available for release.

Family members mounted a search for Robert Rios, who they stated suffered from diabetes and some memory loss. They feared something out of his past might have caught him up.

Robert Rios lived a very long lifetime, Diego Rios stated in a previous interview with this news organization. In the 1970s and 1980therefore, he was a member of a gang before spending years in and out of prison on robbery and drug charges.

He renounced his gang membership while faking and went on to become a religion leader with Victory Outreach San Jose, a Christian church by which he sought out current and potential gang members at high schools, street corners and juvenile hall.

“Everyone knows him,” said Lisa Cuevas, 64, a longtime friend who grew up with Robert Rios, in a prior interview with this particular news organization. “He’s helped a lot of people because he turned his life around and has been there for individuals.”

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