U.S. Marine corporal charged with first degree murder in slaying of Alvin Bulaoro, whose body was found in truck

VISTA – Murder charges were filed today against a Camp Pendleton Marine corporal accused in the slaying of a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his parked SUV in Fallbrook last month.

Arraignment for 23-year-old Kevin Albert Richard Coset was put off until March 11 so the defendant can hire an attorney.

Coset is charged with murder and allegations that he used a knife and a firearm in the killing of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro. The defendant faces 61 years to life in prison if convicted, according to Deputy District Attorney Stephen Marquardt.

The victim’s body was found the evening of Jan. 3, zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of his own Toyota 4Runner in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road, said sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser.

Members of Bulaoro’s family found the SUV after previously reporting him missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, Fraser said.

No motive for the slaying was released.

Coset was arrested Friday at Camp Pendleton. He will be held without bail pending arraignment.

Bulaoro was a U.S. Navy veteran who later served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He had been working in his family’s home health care business.


FALLBROOK – A U.S. Marine corporal arrested in connection to the slaying of a Navy veteran whose body was found inside his parked sport utility vehicle in Fallbrook was booked this morning on suspicion of first-degree murder, authorities said.

Kevin Albert Richard Coset, 23, was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. Friday at Camp Pendleton after homicide detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of murder, said San Diego County sheriff’s Capt. Duncan Fraser.

Coset is suspected of killing Alvin Bulaoro, whose body, showing signs of trauma, was found on the evening of Jan. 3 zipped inside a sleeping bag in the back seat of Bulaoro’s Toyota 4Runner in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Mission Road, Fraser said.

Members of Bulaoro’s family found the SUV after previously reporting him missing. They had last seen him on Dec. 21, Fraser said.

Coset was booked at 12:53 a.m. and jailed without bail at the Vista Detention Facility, according to sheriff’s online records.

No motive for the slaying was released.

Bulaoro was a U.S. Navy veteran who later served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, according to news reports. During his time in the Navy, he worked at Camp Pendleton, according to NBCSanDiego.com, which reported that a private investigator hired by Bulaoro’s family tipped them that the slain man’s SUV had been spotted parked in an Albertsons parking lot in Fallbrook.

Bulaoro worked as an administrator in a family-owned home healthcare business.

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Homicide investigators admit to being “tight-lipped” about case involving Fallbrook man’s death

The commanding lieutenant of the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Unit said his agency is being deliberately “tight-lipped” as the investigation continues into the death of a 24-year-old Fallbrook man, Alvin Bulaoro.

“The investigation is in progress and a suspect has not yet been arrested in the case,” said Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. “Unfortunately, we have to be pretty tight-lipped right now so that we don’t compromise the investigation.

In an effort to aid investigators, Giannantonio said, “The autopsy on Bulaoro’s body has been sealed for now.”

Bulaoro had been reported as missing by his family since Dec. 21 and was found dead inside his vehicle in a Fallbrook grocery store parking lot the evening of Jan. 3. Bulaoro’s body was discovered zipped up in a sleeping bag inside his 1997 Toyota 4-Runner in the 1100 block of South Mission Road.

Bystanders said it was apparent that Bulaoro’s body had suffered significant trauma, including gunshot wounds to the head.

Initially some emergency responders thought it may have been a case of suicide, but authorities said the opinion quickly changed when investigators arrived on scene.

“They realized very quickly, without hesitation, that this wasn’t a case of suicide; it is most definitely a homicide,” said Giannantonio.

Although Bulaoro had been missing almost two weeks, authorities said it appears that his vehicle had not been parked in the grocery store lot very long before being discovered.

“There are conflicting reports on how long the vehicle had been there; some said it was there a while, but others have said it wasn’t there the day before,” the lieutenant noted.

“There are surveillance cameras that operate in that parking lot, but I can’t reveal anything about that yet,” he said.

It was Bulaoro’s family that called law enforcement on Jan. 3 about 6 p.m. to report they had located his vehicle in the parking lot.

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Man found dead in vehicle positively identified as missing Fallbrook man, Alvin Bulaoro; reward offered for information

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

An update released by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit late today verified that the man discovered dead inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Fallbrook grocery store last night, January 3 was Alvin Bulaoro, of Fallbrook, who had been reported as missing since December 21 by his family.

Officials listed Bulaoro’s date of birth as April 13, 1988.

Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio encourages anyone with information about the incident to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321, after hours call (858) 565-5200. It’s possible to remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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Dead person found in vehicle believed to be missing 24-year-old Fallbrook man; homicide unit handling

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

A dead person found inside a locked vehicle parked in the Fallbrook Albertsons grocery store parking lot last night, January 3, appears to have been a missing 24-year-old Fallbrook man.

Authorities with the San Diego Sheriff’s Dept. said the family of missing person, Alvin Bulaoro called law enforcement at about 6 p.m. last night to report they had located his Toyota 4-Runner in the parking lot located in the 1100 block of South Mission Road. Bulaoro had been missing since December 21.

“The family reported the discovery of the vehicle to the Sheriff’s Dept. and when deputies checked the interior of the vehicle, they found a deceased man in the back seat area,” said Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio.

“The man was zipped up in a sleeping bag and had signs of trauma to his body,” said Giannantonio. “Due to the signs of trauma on the body, the case is being investigated as a homicide.” Bystanders said it was apparent the man had suffered one or more gunshot wounds to the head.

Giannantonio said investigators from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Fallbrook Substation, and crime lab responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.

“A cause and manner of death, as well as a positive identification of the decedent will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office,” said Giannantonio.

The lieutenant cautioned that all information is considered fragmentary at this time and has not been completely verified and substantiated.

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Dead body found inside vehicle in Fallbrook grocery store parking lot; case turned over to Sheriff’s Homicide unit

Debbie Ramsey

Managing Editor

Authorities have confirmed that a dead body was found inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Fallbrook grocery store this evening (January 3).

Sheriff’s Dept. Lt. Menzies said officers responded to a call regarding suspicious circumstances at about 6:25 p.m. in the Albertsons grocery store parking lot, located at 1133 South Mission Road in Fallbrook.

Menzies said a body was found “inside a gray-colored Toyota 4-Runner.”

“This case has been turned over to the Sheriff’s Homicide unit,” said Menzies.

An individual at the scene said emergency responders had to unlock the vehicle to gain access. They also reported that the individual inside the vehicle appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds to the head.

John Buchanan of North County Fire said when the call came into his agency, a missing person’s case was referenced, but he said he did not know whether the incident was indeed related to such a case or not.

105 Responses to "U.S. Marine corporal charged with first degree murder in slaying of Alvin Bulaoro, whose body was found in truck"

  1. A 53 Year old Grandma   January 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Lord, couldnt we have went a week for the area to be free from murders? OR violent deaths? Was looking pretty good until this one. So far, clean and clear in Temecula.
    Thanking God.
    Rip to this man, and bless his family for this horrible tragedy.

  2. Diana   January 4, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Our prayers are with the family of this person,

  3. Fallbrook Citizen   January 4, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Unthinkable that something so tragic could happen in the lovely village of Fallbrook. I hope they capture this murder.

  4. FVN reader   January 4, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Wasn’t the missing young man, Alvin Bulaoro, driving a Toyota 4 Runner when last seen? The only difference seems to be in the reported color. The FVN article describing his disappearance stated that the vehicle’s color was brown but in this instance the vehicle is reported as gray.

    ***VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES*** That is correct, we were given the vehicle’s color as brown when he was reported missing and it was then described as gray when this vehicle was located. Could be age of vehicle, condition of paint, etc.

  5. fallbrook resident   January 4, 2013 at 8:12 am

    rip. Alvin Bulaoro

  6. momz   January 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Thank you FVN for the information. Was going to Albertsons last night about 9 and parking lot was closed down and taped off and a lot of police. So sad, I’m praying for the family and for the friends of this individual. News report says the individual was in a sleeping bag zipped up? Please take the time to tell your family and friends that you love them daily.

  7. IBAM   January 4, 2013 at 9:06 am


  8. sad time   January 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I was there last night I was a very sad time snd very scary at the same time.
    I hope the family is doing ok. You are all in my prayers. Very sad moment.

  9. Resident   January 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Village News for letting us know.

    May God have mercy on his family, especially his mother, who I saw on television last night, overcome with grief.

    May his killers meet swift justice.

    RIP Mr. Bulaoro.

  10. Fellow Lt   January 4, 2013 at 9:50 am

    What a horrible and sad tradegy and a loss for many:( RIP my fellow soldier.Sympathy and prayers to the family.

  11. Resident   January 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Also wondering if the Albertson’s parking lot has security cameras.

  12. Sr. Care Colleague   January 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Alvin was a sweet, kind and gracious young man. My heart breaks for his mama and family. You are all in my prayers.

  13. Jackie   January 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This story doesnt even make sense. The young man was missing since Dec 21, that’s over 10 days, where was he all this time?! He was last seen leaving his house on his way to SD to see some friends. How does he end up in Fallbrook over 10 days later dead? Such a shame and weird that his relatives found him. I can’t imagine how terrible that would be to find a loved one under these circumstances. Lord please watch over this family and get justice for this young man.

  14. Cimarron   January 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

    If he was in the back seat, it is unlikely that he drove the vehicle & parked it there himself. Hopefully there are security cameras that will show who did.

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  15. Scary   January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Is this connected to some other issues from this Summer? This sounds like possible repercussions?

  16. Scary   January 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I just want to feel safe in My little town again.

  17. resident #1   January 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I wonder if the car that hit the pole and made the albertsons shopping center power go out was a cover up for someone to drop of the car there thinking the cameras would have gone out. It all happened the same day. But R.I.P and may his family get some answers.

  18. TRUTH   January 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    God Almighty please hear our cries. Father help those close to the family to understand. Mend their hearts father, hold them so tight as they mourn their loss. Bring justice father for Alvin so that his people can rest with truths. Thank you God Thanks you Amen

  19. SORRY I MOVED TO FALLBROOK   January 4, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Get real FALLBROOK CITIZEN. It wasn’t until retiring to Fallbrook did we ever have anyone vandalizing our property or breaking into our home and stealing valuables.

  20. Jackie   January 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    SORRY I MOVED TO FALLBROOK, get out then! If your old neighborhood was so great why retire here? In any case, I grew up in Bonsall and Fallbrook, we have always had problems same as every other place in the world, these things don’t just happen here and to believe they wouldn’t is unrealistic! This poor young man and his family have suffered a unthinkable tragedy but we don’t know where he was at his final moments but I pray that that is discovered soon and those responsible brought to justice. Lord watch over this family in their time of great need!

  21. SB   January 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Prayers and condolences to his family. What a horrible thing to happen to anyone. I hope whoever did this is found. Soon.

  22. Patty   January 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Re Resident #1: I was thinking the same thing !!! The lights were out, the cameras would have turned off. Hopefully whoever committed this crime isn’t that smart and is brought to justice.

    RIP to this young man who was someone’s son, grandson, cousin, brother my heart breaks for the family. Prayers and condolences during this tough time.

  23. Ray (the real one)   January 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Maybe now you folks will get that "friendly village" nonsense out of your heads. Fallbrook is a dangerous place to live. For it’s size and population, crime is in the upper percintile of other sized cities/townships.

  24. ?   January 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I thought he was dead. So quiet now.

  25. Preston   January 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Ray and Sorry I moved to Fallbrook.
    A community is only as safe as the voters that reside in that community. You can try and blame and point the finger all you want but until you take responsibility and realize "We the People" voted to be soft on crime you have no one to blame but the voters.

  26. Strange   January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    Anyone remember the McStay family that disappeared and their car ended up at the boarder several days after their last contact? Nothing was found in the car but this just struck me as similar for some reason.

  27. Paul   January 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Im totally standing in the very same spot his vehicle is right now and its kinda creepy. Someone was killed and found here. Did you guys notice that huge RV next to where the body was found? Its been floating around the parking lot for a few days, the neighbors and news guys had made a mention to me. Random. Prayers to his family.

  28. Me   January 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I know the family and knew of he was not seen since 12/21/12 the family expect to see him for Christmas & he never came around. We prayed for him to come home. : ( Please pray for his mother and family for strength to overcome this horrible pain & that the murderer is found.

  29. @paul????   January 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I noticed the same Thang!!!! Rip!!!!

  30. momz   January 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    My prayers go out to his family. I am so sad that this young man died alone. I pray that he is with family now and is safe from harm in heaven. I know timing is not the best, but this sounds like a drug deal gone wrong. And to Paul, Yes I have seen that RV in Albertsons parking lot now for a few days, actually the weekend before Christmas it was there. Because I noticed it when I went to CVS. Maybe they saw or heard something. I hope the police have questioned them to catch who did this to this young man. RIP

  31. Doc wilson   January 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I know him.. I’ll spread the words to our friends and comrades

  32. tony   January 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Murderer on the loose lock ur doors….

  33. Local!!!   January 5, 2013 at 3:59 am

    That vehicle must of been parked during the power outtage #Albertsons

  34. Kerrigan   January 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

    God bless the family of LT Bulaoro. My heart goes out to his mother and family.

  35. Sorry I moved to Fallbrook   January 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    This is America and I can live wherever I darn please. Purchased this home new but sales people never advised any of us what we were up against. Never had any problems before coming here.

  36. Very sad   January 5, 2013 at 9:16 am


    I see your point but other than moving out of State how can sensible people change anything to improve their safety? When I first moved to California, it was very tough on crime. You are correct that now California is overrun with voters that are happy to vote for officials and propositions that are openly advocating the release of violent criminals back into society. Even if everybody in Fallbrook voted for "tough on crime" officials and laws, the majority of voters in the State is of the opposite mind set. I think the only hope for Southern California is for us to get a divorce from the large metro areas like LA and SF. Awhile back, Jeff Stone had a great proposal to do just that.

  37. @Sorry I moved to Fallbrook   January 5, 2013 at 11:56 am

    So you are telling me you came from a place with no homicides? BS. I would wager you just didn’t have a quality local newspaper that you could go to and see the latest local stories. If you want to separate yourself from violence the only choice is isolation. We are all humans.

  38. Cameron   January 5, 2013 at 11:58 am

    To all of those who feel that fallbrook is so dangerous and are regretting living here or complaining that you don’t feel safe I’m ashamed that you are here and maybe you should consider moving, a community is only as safe as you make it. A man who served our country was killed and you are feeling sorry for yourself that you live here in "such a dangerous place"?? Are you kidding me you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  39. marinewife   January 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I am so sorry this was the outcome. I truly thought he would be ok. My heart goes out to the family.

  40. Kim   January 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I can not imagine loosing a son. If anything would happen to mine I would be devastated. I hope who ever did this to a special boy gets found and brought
    To justice. I pray for his Mother, that she will get through this. Who ever wants to leave negative comments please keep to your self. No Mother should have to read or hear things about her children. God Speed LT. Bulaoro

  41. Curious   January 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I would like to know how long the poor man’s body was in his car in that location? Didn’t the S.O do a routine check of parking lots in town when he was reported missing? Did they take his disappearance seriously or just assume he left of his own free will? Was he killed elsewhere and brought back to Albertson’s later? Hopefully we will get some answers soon.

  42. Sad   January 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    They should check to see if he had any kind of drugs in his system that way they can narrow it down to a bad drug deal gone wrong ! But this is very sad , praying that your loved one that is missing to turn up safe, then to be found in his car zipped up in a sleeping bag dead, that’s just heartbreaking, fallbrook is so ghetto now , I use to live there but glad I moved out,the police don’t do there jobs right,the schools are bad,drugs everywhere,friendly little village ! Lets see if the sheriffs can do there jobs right and find out what happened to this kid !

  43. Ray (the real one)   January 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    As I remember, this is not the first time a murdered body was found in a food store parking lot. As I remember a few years back a “stiffie” was found parked by Major Market. The trick now is to find out who did it.

  44. Ray (the real one)   January 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Out of all the comments posted here, how many are actually "townies"? The ones who have to deal with the nonsense daily?

    Your right, we voted and got El Bozo. Can’t stop crime if he keeps letting the criminals in.

  45. Jackie   January 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Things happen how they are supposed to, God’s Plan. Unfortunately the sheriffs office is not responsible for not finding this young man sooner, there are only so many officers and an awful lot of territory. Where is security for the Albertsons parking lot? If his car was seen around Fallbrook supposedly since he went missing, per the investigator that the family hired, why didn’t she find him? Unfortunately for this family he wasnt found sooner but there is no word that he was alive then anyway. Somehow this poor young man met with foul play we dont know where, I pray whoever is responsible for this tragedy will be found. As for Wish I Never Moved to Fallbrook, true you can live anywhere you darn well please, and that being said quit complaining about living here if it is where you want to live. In other words shut up or get out! Fallbrook is a great place to live and only all these transplants bring all the crime and poor quality of life to us. My neighborhood is great and I love Fallbrook

  46. FALLBROOK LOCAL   January 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Someone was wronged in love or drugs.

  47. Erin   January 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This is so sad and scarey. I really hoped that he just wanted to leave town for a little while. But reading this today made me sick. Who would possibly have a motive to kill this young man? I don’t think it’s gang related, as he was not involved in a gang. I think, it might have another Marine who killed him. I don’t think his vehicle could have been there for that long, because I know a lot of people, including myself who shop there every other day. One of us would have noticed something fishy if his car had been there for a while. Why don’t these Fallbrook businesses ever invest in security cameras in the parking lots? I don’t understand that. Hopefully there is a surveillance camera from another business there that might have some footage of who did this. I sure hope they are found soon. Otherwise, there is a killer among us right here in town.

  48. Preston   January 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Very Sad (comment 36),
    Unfortunately during the many years of prosperity the people became enchanted with the good life and simply stopped doing their job. I’m not sure we will ever regain control of our government but one thing that would get is back on track would be to insist that those living on government assistance not be allowed to vote.

  49. Townie   January 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I live right off Old Stage and I’ve never had any vandalism, so called "gang" activity near where I live. All of my neighbors are friendly. I’ve never felt threatened coming and going from my home or even in town. I’ve lived here my whole life. Things like this happen everyday. Just because our town is small, so when it happens everyone starts going crazy. Honestly if you’re sorry you moved here, leave. As far as everyone I know that has grown up here is happy and proud to be from this town. And it’s usually the out of towers who wanted a quiet, perfect, cookie cutter town to retire in the ones who have the most animosity and are the most UNFRIENDLY out of them all. Newsflash people that place doesn’t exist. Sorry you’ve been unlucky enough to retire in a town with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, with a beautiful landscape, and the perk of living in a truly quiet after 7:30 small town. Maybe if you didn’t just sit on the computer and only read the village news instead of going out and becoming involved in the community you would have a different mind set in what living in Fallbrook is all about.

  50. Momz   January 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    @ Ray, I’m a townie, I live near Albertsons. A lot of nonsense daily BUT dead body in the car is not daily, and zipped up in a sleeping bag hardly. It does not matter "Townie" or "Hillie" a young man died and all are sad and want justice no matter where you live in Fallbrook. A mother has lost her son a family is griving and there are no answers to comfort them. Once again I send my blessings and prayers to this young mans family, TRY saying that Ray.

  51. Second Townie   January 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I live just off of Elder and have for the last few years. The only problems we’ve had have been some white dude using my yard as a shortcut to his friend’s house because he had warrants and the law was onto him. I’ve grown up here so I know how it was 20 years ago and it hasn’t changed that much. This town is still full of self righteous old bigots with too much religion. My wife gets to feel it all the time as they push past her in the grocery store and assume that she doesn’t speak english. I take solice in the fact that in another 10 years most of them will have died off. I still love this place and most of the people in it. My sympathies to this man’s family. Please know that your community is here for you.

  52. @townie   January 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I have lived in fallbrook(on stage coach)for 25 years and absolutely love it. Every now and then I can hear music after 10 on a weekend night but that’s about the only thing I could even THINK of complaining about. My neighbors are as close as family and we all look out for each other. I’m more worried about coyotes than gang activity.

  53. Carla   January 6, 2013 at 1:18 am

    RIP Alvin Bulaoro

    @ 48. I totally sympathize with your feeling that "those living on government assistance not be allowed to vote." But I must disagree. I think that barring dividend recipients of TARP supported financial institutions from the franchise would be wrong.

  54. Homicide Reporting   January 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

    The Village News does an excellent job at reporting homicides/crimes etc. We should be thankful for this, while I was at college in a nearby city in SD county there was a serial killer murdering college students; because it was a vacation town during the summer the press refused to report. One would think that by reporting, it would be protecting the safety of its citizens. But the press held back because the city was worried about "bad publicity" and a lower rate of tourism in the summer. More people were murdered before the murderer was finally caught.

    Thank you Village News for reporting the incidents around our neighborhoods.

  55. @Preston   January 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If those "living on government assistance should not vote" (which includes the elderly or veterans) let us also include all businesses, corporations, or ventures who take government assistance in the form of subsidies or bail outs and keep them from lobbying or sponsoring political candidates.

    I think its awful that you attack the weak. What does this have to do with a murder anyways?

  56. Carla   January 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

    @ 55- YES!!

  57. Pink   January 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I am also a "townie" have been for 40 years. The only problem we have had was having our car broken into about 4 years ago (they didn’t get anything) because I am not dumb enough to keep valuables in my car. Turned out to be an 18 year old white kid. As far as comment#51 goes, you say old white overly religious bigots push past your wife in the market?? Sounds to me like you are the "bigot" here. How do you know they are religious? How do you know they are "bigots"? Sounds to me like you are assuming quite a bit.I am a person of faith, and certainly not "young" and I would never do something like that. If you truly believe that the generation coming up will be better think again. Many of them have no belief system at all and are being raised on the streets. They would probably kill you for pocket change. There are good and bad people of all ages, races, and faiths. The biggest bigot on this thread is Ray, and he has no religion at all and proudly states the fact that he doesn’t. Instead of throwing stones we need to all ban together and try and make this a better place to live for all of us. As for refusing the right to vote to people on subsistence, that is a slippery slope I’m not willing to go down. Who would be the next to have their privileges taken away once you open that door. I sincerely hope that whoever murdered this unfortunate young man is found, and found soon.

  58. Preston   January 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    @ comment 55,
    When you allow people to vote that are being supported by a political parties platform there is a serious conflict of interest. This is why when you look at the map of California the Rural areas (where people work hard to earn a living) are red and the large cities (where many are on welfare) are blue. Unfortunately, as with most assistant programs it is the free loaders (you know, the ones that would rather sit home and drink beer and watch TV than get a job) that ruin it for the truly needy.
    My comment was clearly directed to the person that made comment # 36 so if were so inclined to follow the thread back perhaps you would understand what it had to do with murder.

  59. sad   January 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    The killer probably doesn’t even live in fallbrook. I grew up in fallbrook and its always been a boring town. I’m glad I left it but not because of this murder or all the drugs. So many bad things happen EVERYWHERE. It doesn’t matter how small the town is or what not. If you don’t like fallbrook then move. Don’t sit here and talk crap on the town and who live in it. Someone was found dead. I’m sure its not the first time its happened but it did and it is a very sad thing. I hope his family and friends find closure to why this happened.

  60. @sad   January 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Murderers are every where…. even here in fallbrook….. remember Brittney killgore…… she was murdered by a long time fallbrook resident…… but again bad things happen every where….. its on the news every day…. I bet the small town that had the school shooting didn’t think itd ever happen there…. things happen. Rather then us all bitch about where we live we need to be the town we have always been and come together

  61. momz   January 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    @ sad (#60) I agree with you, I don’t get why this is now about the town and goverment and assistant programs, this is about a young man murdered and a family without answers.

  62. Mom of lots   January 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I have lived in town here for almost 9 years and raising our children here. We love it here. We have never felt unsafe. Our house and neighborhood area is so quiet and peaceful. I am so sorry for this young man’s death and the great loss to his other. May the peace of Christ, which passes all human understanding, be with you.

  63. Concerned   January 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Has the ME’s office or the police said what the cause of death was? So far none of this makes any sense. You hear how wonderful of a person he was and that he was trying to continue his career in the Military. Someone mentioned earlier that they wonder if the poer outage that was caused by someone hitting a pole had anything to do with the car ending up in Albertson’s. I wonder if the police have even looked at that as a possibilty. Of course it could be nothing but hey you never know these days. Even though I believe this was personal, it’s crazy to know we have a killer (s) walking around us!

  64. Very sad   January 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

    @ comment 58,
    Ideally, IMHO, a system for voting would be similar to stock ownership, whereby the people with the most "skin in the game" had a greater voice than those people that have taken out more than they have given in. Of course in reality, one person, one vote will always be the case and our leaders will always be pandering to get elected. The fact that Proposition 36 won by large numbers tells me that the majority of voters now feel that the cost of fighting crime is too high and that they don’t mind if the crime rates start rising. The 3 strikes law has always been undermined in places like LA and the citizens living there have paid the price. Now with Prop 36, we can expect higher LA type crime everywhere in California. Then when they take away guns so we can’t defend ourselves all bets are off. If Alvin had a gun with him, we might be writing about how stupid that person was for trying to murder a marine instead of how sad it is that this situation is destined to be repeated and there is nothing we can do to stop it from happening over and over again.

  65. Very Sad   January 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This site is for condolences and support for the family and to express how we feel about losing Alvin. If you want to gripe about living in Fallbrook do it on the Opinion Page, get involved, make a difference. I love living in Fallbrook, there is no perfect town but this one is so much better than most. Alvin lived here but who knows where this crime took place or why. I knew Alvin, he was a wonderful boy with a lot more to do in this world. I know his Mother, she’s a dear sweet lady and her precious boy has been taken from her. Pray for them and quit using this site to complain it’s disrespectful. May the Lord be with them at this horrible time..

  66. CO WORKER of Camp Pendleton   January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    My condolences to the Bulaoro family especially to his mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. God bless…

  67. Resident   January 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Comment #65

    You are wrong. This is NOT a site for condolences and support for the family.

    This is the public comment section of a newspaper.

    A site for condolences would be on the obituary page or on a memorial page.

    Why not set up a memorial page, a private one?

  68. Resident   January 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    And there is nothing disrepectful about discussing crime and violence in Fallbrook.

    It’s entirely appropriate. Quit trying to tell others what to do.

  69. wtf does this murder have to do with the right to vote   January 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    What does this murder have to do with the right to vote and people who live on government assistance? This is a horrible murder and this young man’s life was snuffed out by a vicious killer. The people who post crud about government assistance and denying the right to vote to those who are on it, are ignorant. Get a life and post your bs in a letter to the editor. This poor young man had his whole life ahead of him, and was a good citizen of our town. My heart goes out to his family that is mourning his loss.

  70. @sad   January 7, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Of course they are going to do an autopsy. Standard procedure in murder cases, autopsies must be done. I don’t understand why you would think if drugs were found in his body, that him being murdered is more acceptable to you? Again, he was murdered, regardless of the circumstances surrounding his death. His life was taken, a family is in mourning.

    How would you feel if someone insinuated that your murdered loved one was on drugs? My guess- is that you would be outraged. Maybe you should think about that, before you post such an insensitive comment.

  71. Very sad   January 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My apologies. I didn

  72. To Very Sad...   January 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I totally agree with you that comments not associated with the actual story are pretty unsympathic towards the family’s feelings. However, I do take exception to this being a "Fallbrook tradition". It is prevalent in all online stories now. The obituary section is more the place where you will find the types of comments directed to the family.

  73. Preston   January 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    @ comment 69
    Perhaps if you had taken the time to read the previous comments you would understand the substance of comments you apparently do not understand. They have to do with the nature of crime and how we might, "as a society", mitigate this type of crime. I believe a crime was committed here, wouldn’t you agree? There were comments made about how unsafe Fallbrook has become and that it was a mistake to have moved here. I was addressing those comments specifically which I believe is my right and appropriate. What isn’t appropriate is demeaning, holier than now vulgarization’s.

  74. grunt   January 8, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    @Preston – you might be new – logic and clear thinking takes a back seat to random racism/classism here 🙂 enjoyed your comments and common sense.

  75. Fb raised   January 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Sorry about the loss of your son/family member. I love that we can go on here and read all the love toward this young man. Your in our prayers!

  76. Hmmmm   January 9, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Any update on suspects or anything like that? Cause of death

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES: Most current information available from authorities will be printed in this Thursdays issue of the Village News, which will be uploaded to the website by Thursday evening.

  77. TRUTH   January 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

    COD Two Gunshot wounds to the front temporal

  78. Ray (the real one)   January 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hey Pink: I resemble that remark. I have been very tame in my posts. I think your confusing bigotry with political correctness, I will never be politically correct, sorry.

    As for not believing in god. Never been a fan of slight of hand tricks and stories told by drunks.

  79. Ray (the real one)   January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

    HMMMMM: He was shot according to reports, there is the COD. now which gang did it.

  80. hereforlonghaul   January 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Wow, all you loser people should get a d…. life. Do you think the poor family and friends want to see all of your loser political comments etc.????? Get a life!!!! You people must do this daily…..read and post your senseless comments?! NO!!!!! Have respect and a little ‘class’.

  81. @Comment 73   January 10, 2013 at 7:05 am

    You should really proofread your posts. Don’t get all hurt when someone states their opinion also. I read all of your posts. Could you explain your correlation between denying people the right to vote and this murder? That might help people understand where you are coming from. I would love to see what proven theories you have to support your argument as well.

  82. Preston   January 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    @ comment # 81
    I believe there is a direct correlation between the amount of crime and the tolerance a people (family, town, city, state, nation etc.) have for crime. I really don

  83. P K   January 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is not the forum to bicker back and forth. Respect the Family and Friends, please.

    Sorry for your loss

  84. Km   January 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I have a bad feeling that there is going to be some shocking details that come out about this. Rumors are already flying. Some are very disturbing.

  85. Mmmkay   January 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    So fvn most recent update is there is no update

  86. Colleague   January 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Alvin was a great person who always had a kind word and a smile. The world was robbed. God bless his family during this tough time. His killer will be caught, by man or by God. He will not get away.

  87. Pessimistic   January 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Just to antagonize a few folks I would like to point out that when our country was founded, in most states, only those with real property (land) or sufficient wealth for taxation were permitted to vote. It was this way because these citizens had something to offer the government and a legitimate stake in / on the issues, since they were footing the bills! Yes, many were disenfranchised such as women and minority men (primarily non-free blacks and Indians) which was not right and needed to be corrected. But, there is something to say about allowing only the producers (and not the takers) from having a say in our elections. Preston’s position has some legitimacy.

    On track – I hope they catch the SOB who killed this young man and bring justice to his family, friends and the caring part of our community!

    I look forward to learning the FACTS of the case. Who knows, it could be a made for TV reenactment just like the unfortunate Brittany Killgore murder will be one day. May you both RIP…

  88. Sorrowful   January 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    @comment 82:
    I’m not sure what correlation you are talking about between these two factors, but correlation does not imply cause and effect, it merely states that there is a relationship. Regardless, your supposed theory plainly states the obvious. Finally, you’re not going to create any change from apathy to action through a small forum for a local newspaper; nice effort though.

    Anyway… I pray the person guilty is arrested and punished to the full extent of the law. May Alvin rest in peace, and may his family receive peace through justice. I look forward to hearing the facts about this case, it seems like it would make a good novel, unfortunately..

  89. Preston   January 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

    The main difference between when our country was founded and now is that putting solvency at stake means risking personal safety and ultimately our freedom. What is most mind boggling is that everything we are doing as a people indicates that we simply don’t care as long as the tail of the dog gets a handout. This is a stretch but I am going to stick my neck out and bet that the killer of this young man has already been through the system and was released through revolving door of justice that we voted for.

  90. just sayin   January 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Did anyone ever stop and think that there’s a reason he was beat then shot? Everyone talks about it like they know the individual and prayers for this and that. Sucks that it happened but last I recall no one gets beat then shot in the dome for the fun of it. Whoever this man may seem to be, there’s obviously some foul play here. Maybe he lost someone’s package, or robbed the wrong person. Who knows what he was into. R.I.P. yes and my thoughts go out to the fam but, we all make our own bed in the end. Maybe he was just caught up by the people he didn’t ment to see and got picked up. Not even in the movies does someone get picked up beat then shot. And if they do its because they’re extracing info. Stay safe fallbrook. And if you’re one of those individuals who walk the line, make sure you walk straight cuz people can tell when you’re crooked

  91. Preston   January 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You say:
    "Finally, you’re not going to create any change from apathy to action through a small forum for a local newspaper; nice effort though."
    I say get off the apathy train and encourage change because we are all on the same track.

    @just sayin — Maybe he simply saw something he shouldn’t have or was in the wrong place at the time — No need to imply he was involved in any wrong doing without any supporting evidence.

  92. Hommie   January 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    @#91 Right on Brother

  93. @RaytheRealOne   January 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Ray it’s funny how you always blame “gang” or Mexicans for all crimes committed in Fallbrook. What gang were you affiliated with when you were arrested a couple years back?

  94. just hear this   January 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    The rumor is he had is kidneys removed? Anyone else hear this… could he be a target for organ theft?

  95. confirmed facts, street news   January 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

    The new big market is "the black market". Come on, just south is a country were our own citizens go to have illegal but life saving transplants. N where else find an abudent source of organs then the U.S. typicall blackmarket murder. In a time were so much illness n disease plague us all, the demand continues to rise for quick life saving procedures. This is no gang violence, drug deal gone wrong or aanything. This gifted man was probably sacrificed involuntarily for others. He is a special gift that was given to us, although it sounds terrible to enlighten this moment he sounds like a god with his amazing qualities and ending moments. Be strong in time all wounds heal and leave a scar of memory which you decide to be a good or bad one. Lets pray its good ones.

  96. SCARED in Fallbrook   January 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Wow all this going on in fallbrook. I myself had something happen to me these past weeks. A spanish lady knocked on my door asked me if she could cut some of my tree she will use it for flower arrangements she offered to scoop my dogs poop and prune trees for free if i just let her cut some down from this one particular bush. I hesitated i dont know her. I ended up letting her. It was something i regret now. She had two men with her who came on my property and stole fruit from my trees she originnaly was going to prune the trees in exchange for trimmings of this one tree. instead they tore up the tree and got away with fifty pounds of tangerines and oranges. They took off when i had gone in the house for ten minutes. I am scared of these people. I am new here less than a year. It’s tragic all the crap that is happening around us. I am disabled and have yet to meet my neighbors.

  97. To "Scared in Fallbrook"   February 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I am sorry that you experienced this, and this is something that should be reported to the police. I wish I knew who you were, because I would help you to feel safe within your own home and your surroundings. Every town has its crime, and as long as there are people who are working on the crime issues, we will be alright. People who take advantage of people will get arrested, but it has to be brought to the sheriff in order for these people to be found and prosecuted. It will be considered special circumstances that they can and will be brought to justice over. Please don’t be afraid, and welcome to our town. reach out to some of these groups in town and they will bring to you the people who truly care and will help. I wish you well and a better feeling of your surroundings. If you do not know who is at the door, never open it, no matter what.

  98. peggy   February 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    you should be scared in Fallbrook, actually anywhere, this type of crime happened to me in the Palm Springs area. Crooks are everywhere and do not let them in your home. The shady types will try to get in and will steal all they can. Housekeepers, painters, phoney so called friends, I have been through it all and we are living in evil times.

  99. William   February 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Yes, let’s all live in perpetual, debilitating fear. Criminals are EVERYWHERE. TERRORISTS too!

  100. Route 66   February 24, 2013 at 4:35 am

    RE Scared in Fallbrook…wow..you counted or determined 50#s of fruit stolen? I hope they’re caught and given Life Term sentences…that’ll show’em.

    Poets Priest Politicians CEOs Police -all fit in to the Human Condition Bell Curve-20% of even such a carefully screened group such as The Marines- will fall out out the normative in social behaviors.

    So, I guess that really leaves quite a lot of normal decent people, 20% of whom commit wonderferful acts of humanity.

  101. Former co-worker   February 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Alvin was 1 of the nicest kindest people you will have ever met. He would never have hurt a fly. It really saddens me to hear that something like this would happen to such a good person. This makes no sense at all and I just felt like I should say something because I spent 2 years working with him and cared about him. He was a very very good man rest in peace Alvin.

  102. ESM   February 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    He was a very nice person a co-worker. got to talk to him a few times and even tough he was much younger then me, He was always there to assist. he gave me some great advice. He was never greety to share his knowledge. May your sour rest in peace Sir. You will always be remember..

  103. michael   February 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I was at Camp Pendleton when i saw NCIS with there automatic rifles pour out of there speeding cars and chase down CPL Coset on the street and arrest him and then their forensic team came soon after and searched his room. It was just like the T.V. show it was really intense. Anyways im sorry for the loss of a veteren and for the family.

  104. Smokey   February 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I have heard stories around town that he had his kidneys removed, would that be the reason the autopsy is sealed?

    VILLAGE NEWS REPLIES – We have heard that “rumor” as well – but until the autopsy results are made public, we cannot verify.

  105. De Luz Neighbor   February 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Interesting…check out Kevin Coset’s Facebook page.



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