UPDATE: Man Killed at Mobile Home Park ID'd

Victim's name also appears on the Megan's Law website of registered sex offenders. His body was found on the ground near his home around 5:30 a.m.

The body of a 54-year-old man was found outside his mobile home residence early Thursday in what authorities consider a homicide.

Orange County Sheriff's deputies later identified the man as Bobby Ray Rainwater, who lived in the San Juan Mobile Estates park with his elderly parents, said Lt. Steve Doan.

A Bobby Ray Rainwater is also listed as a sex offender on the state's Megan's Law registry. Although the Sheriff's Department wouldn't confirm any connection, both have the same birthdate and town of residence, San Juan Capistrano.

The registry says Rainwater was convicted of assault with intent to commit a specified sex offense, but provided no details. He had several tattoos, including a dragon, devil, and skull and crossbones.

The Sheriff's Department received a 911 call around 5:30 a.m. about a disturbance at the mobile home park at 32302 Alipaz St. When they arrived on the scene, they found Rainwater's body outside a mobile home on Paseo Perdido.

"The victim was already deceased when deputies arrived, but we don't know for how long," Doan said.

Officials weren't certain of the cause of death, but don't believe Rainwater had been shot, he said.

"We're very certain there's no danger to the community," Doan said. "There are no schools on lockdown."

A neighbor said her roommate heard the victim yelling in what she thought was pain. When she went outside, deputies were on the scene. "I'm scared," the woman said. "I just want to leave."

The woman, who didn't want her name published, said she was awakened by her roommate's dog barking at some sort of commotion.

Another neighbor who did not want to be identified said Rainwater was always helpful.

"He'd help anybody. I had him up on my roof because I had a leak."

Doan said deputies have interviewed Rainwater's friends and family, as well as the person who called 911. 

"We're still running down leads at this point," he said. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's department at 714-628-7170.

sjcnative1 December 01, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Let's see, a murder last year, a murder this year, when is the City Council going to see that San Juan is not the Shangrila they keep saying it is. Please don't parade FBI statistics in front of me. Those statistics did not include the previous years murder. City Council, wake up and smell the coffee. Spend money to protect the residents.
V. Duvall December 01, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Dear SJCnative. Make sure you are reading the stats right. We are still one of the safest towns in Orange County. If you think it is so dangerous, try to find a safer place and move there. I don't think you can find one.
sjcnative1 December 01, 2011 at 09:10 PM
V. Duvall, I have no problem reading the stats. We live in a gang injunction neighborhood. We have had a murder in our town last year and this year. I moved to San Juan because it was a safe place. It no longer is. I can no longer sell my home here. I am stuck here. Yes, there are many other safe places to live. Why doesn't the City Council listen to the residents requests and take the $250,000 a year deputy (with benefits) and move him to patrol from being assigned to the schools. If the schools want a deputy, let the schools pay for it. I want to be safe and I no longer feel safe. Why do we have deputies assigned to those stupid red light cameras? We need those police assigned to the red light cameras out patrolling. Red light cameras, another stupid idea. It is no wonder City Hall is packed all the time.
Sylvia Roy December 02, 2011 at 12:13 AM
You know what, the man that was murdered today was my friend!!! Not just a "stat"!!! This wasn't a random killing, and as far as safety in SJC it's by far the best I've seen. Do we have gangs? Damn right we do, but it's still not as bad as surrounding areas. As far as our "stats" go, every day I go out I see cops all over SJC, NOT JUST MONITORING THE CAMERAS. I see them at the schools, & the Boys & Girls club protecting our children!!! What I see is protection!!! Do we have crime, show me one city that doesn't. If you're so afraid living in SJC than please find a safer place, here's one. Boulder City NV claims 1 murder a year, I know for fact the reason for these stats is because any dead body they find in Boulder City, they move it to the bordering Henderson so the "stat" falls on them. Try living in Santa Ana for awhile, than come talk to us about our crimes & murders here in SJC.
SJCNative December 02, 2011 at 12:53 AM
That is exactly it. Why are the police at the schools ? Are the schools unsafe? Why are the police at the boys and girls club? Is the boys and girls club unsafe? Now I am even more worried. I lived in Santa Ana and moved here to avoid the crime. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.
sjcnative1 December 02, 2011 at 01:25 AM
Then Capo Unified who has the need for the police should pay for the police. Not the residents of San Juan. When Angel stadium has an event, they pay for the police, not the residents. Let's get back to basics and have the police out on patrol where they should be. If Capo Unified wants the police, then let them pay for an officer.
Maura Mikulec December 02, 2011 at 01:42 AM
This made me laugh: "you need police because 72 staff members cannot hold back all of the students around Marco" Hold them back? Are they rioting? Are they in prison? Hahahaha. OK, carry on.
SJCNative December 02, 2011 at 03:08 AM
If they are unable to control the students then it appears that the wrong teachers and administrators are in place. Please return the police to the community to serve.
Real Sjcnative December 02, 2011 at 03:58 AM
SJCNative, you complain about the gang problem, but then you don't want an officer at the school where the gangs recruit and grow their numbers. An ounce of prevention saves a pound of trouble down the road. Having the officer at the school is far better than not having one. Don't forget that it is a public school and the students at the school are citizens of San Juan as well. Don't they deserve protection too?
south county kid December 02, 2011 at 05:23 AM
San juan trailer parks are scary. Not everyone lives in the Hunt Club. The city is cheap when it comes to protecting their citizens. Most of the time we have two cops in the entire city compared to other surrounding cities have 5 to 7. Im moving out of here.
SJCNative December 02, 2011 at 07:34 AM
Real sic native, if you feel that way, then have cusd pay for that police officer, not the residents of San Juan . The residents have a right to live peacefully.
Al Capp December 02, 2011 at 02:59 PM
SJCNative - You need to stop typing now. You clearly know absolutely nothing about policing, teaching, being a school administrator, real crime, and I could go on. You say you live in a gang injunction neighborhood. When did you buy in your neighborhood? The two neighborhoods that are under gang injunctions have not the most desirable places to live for about 25 years or more. If you bought prior and did not see the changes your neighborhood was experiencing, then I guess it's your bad luck that you stuck your head in the sand. If you bought after, then I guess it's your bad luck that you didn't do your homework and due diligence to find out everything about where you chose to live. My brother owned in one of the neighborhoods to which we are speaking. After his son's bike was stolen for the second time and his wife could never find a place near their home to park, he got out - that was well over twenty years ago. I've lived here for 43 of my 52 years. I raised my family here. I taught this community's children (at Marco for a number of years, and we never had to hold back rioting students. The officers that visit campus have a real purpose, not necessarily for protection, but for other reasons that is clear you would not quite understand). No place is perfect, but San Juan is still a pretty good place to live and raise a family. If you feel SO unsafe here, cut your losses and move on, but stop complaining.
SJCNative December 02, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Al Capp, you certainly have a right to your opinion. I would hope as a teacher and school administrator , you taught your students to respect everyones opinion. I don't put you down for your opinion. While you may not like themo am just stating facts.
Joel Peshkin December 02, 2011 at 03:28 PM
I'm still retroactively terrified about the one murder we had in 2010 (where someone from Irvine apparently used their rented SJC office space to kill his business partner from Laguna Beach). In my terror, I recalculated our 2010 crime stats including that crime and SJC is still a pretty safe place to live. There are places that are safer, but you could get bored to death in those. It sounds like this was not a random act, but it will go into the 2011 statistics. I'll have to wait until the end of the year, of course, to see how terrified I should be.
Al Capp December 02, 2011 at 04:32 PM
SJCNative - as a teacher, I have always taught my students not to make blanket statements, but rather to research, gain knowledge, then state an informed opinion that can be substantiated with facts. I understand the mass-steryia than can occur when a heinous crime is committed in a normally nice place, but tragically, it happens. I also know that a great deal of research goes into a decision such as having officer presence on local school campuses. Studies show that when young people learn to trust and respect, not fear and condemn law enforcement, then they are far less likely to fall into criminal activity as teens and young adults. In the long run, no matter who foots the bill, having officers show up at schools and the Boys and Girls Club will benefit the community. I do respect others' opinions, but only when they can be backed up with data, not fear and anecdotes. Thank you, and have a great weekend.
JM December 02, 2011 at 05:44 PM
guess the "offender" part went right over poster's heads.... think there is a lot more to this story. bet the cops are checking this week's craigslist ads for clues too.
Jim C December 03, 2011 at 10:03 PM
SJCNative has a bone to pick with Capo Schools and or the City / Sheriffs. He will see any news story as supporting his beliefs on this issue. SJCNative is a troll... In the new sense of the word... "a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages" ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet) San Juan is what it is and this murder is what it is. Please do not allow him to distract you over his issues. The topic at hand is that a man was murdered in front of his own house. Having 3 or 30 additional patrols on duty would not have changed this so shut up about that!
SJCNative December 04, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Jim C, if you are going to post something like you have, please have the courtesy of using the correct gender. I am a female. Thank you.
SJCNative December 04, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Jim C, you must be more knowledgeable about the murder than the reporter is as it has not been established who or how this person was murdered. Please show some class I respecting other peoples thoughts. Your thought is not the only thought.
Marianne Viscuso December 04, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I live in the Mobile Estates he resides in, he was horrible to his neighbors...it was sad, he always waged war on the ppl in the area...not a reason to be killed but this man was an awful person.
Real SJC Native December 07, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Growing up in SJC with its clicks and “gangs” was a blessing. There’s no danger here except what you make. I often say in jest. I grew up in the Hard Core Street of San Juan Capistrano. There are no hard core streets in San Juan. We are as safe as it gets. I have lived in SJC for 41 years. Bobby Rainwater, the other Rainwater boys and I grew up in the same neighborhood. Bobby is 14 years older than I. Rainwater’s father was my cub and boy scout leader. A seemingly good family Bobby had his run in’s with the law and trauma. I remember him being a witness to a suicide by train here in San Juan that crippled him mentally for a while. Although we were not close I remember him as an ok guy with issues. We all have had issues. I’m sure if I went down the path of Rainwater (RIP) I could be a victim too. Lance Lions another SJC Native was also attacked by this Robert Vasquez. I also came up around Lance Lions and the Lions boys. All good guys. Great people. I’m speculating about the attacker Robert Vasquez but surely it was personal and not some random act that could have been prevented by more patrol officers. San Juan is and will always be my home. I’m safe and my kids are safe because we live safe. Our Police department does a fine job and I’m proud to live here.
Rachel December 07, 2011 at 06:04 PM
SJC Native: You're terrified because your town had one murder last year, and one murder this year?! LMAO!!! In the city I live, there are murders on a WEEKLY basis! (San Jacinto, CA) There are also numerous gangs and druggies. I can never go to the grocery store without being approached by some tweaker, begging for money. Several of my friends and family members have had their homes and/or cars broken into within the last few months, including my husband's car. So, I'm sorry but I have to laugh at your comments. While you are getting all worked up by reading about the ONE major crime that has occurred in your community all year, I am directly living with the crime in my community every day!
Real SJC Native December 07, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Move to San Juan Rachel. Just leave the trash in San Jacinto. :)
SJCNative December 08, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Rachel, that is your choice to live in a crime ridden neighborhood. We choose not to live that way and will make changes so that does not happen.
SJCNative December 08, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Real SJC Native, it appears that some of Mr. Rainwaters neighbors do not think as kindly of him as you do.
Sylvia Roy August 31, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Wow, so you've known Bobby personally right? And he's been awful to you, right? Because I've known him for 25 years and I've never seen him being an "awful person" to anyone. He wasn't perfect, but if you listen to the gossipy judgmental neighbors in the park that had a vengeance against him because of a mistake that he made when he was 16yrs old than yea I can see where people would think he was an awful man. But the fact is the neighbors liked him, he did a lot of work in the park and people would ask for him to do work on their homes. Now if you want to talk about an awful EVIL man lets talk about Robert Vasquez the man who murdered him. He is such a coward that he had to hide in the dark, wait for Bobby to show up and then attack him from behind. Well I hope he lives the rest of his life with a death sentence hanging over his head. I'll even go as far as to say if that were my son that killed Bobby I would actually move out of the park so not to remind my fellow neighbors everyday exactly what my son did.


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