Local Woman Arrested for Murder in Hayward

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office &nbsp&nbsp Valarie Boden

Local Woman Arrested for Murder in Hayward


An Alameda woman was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Hayward man last month.

Valarie Boden, 26, of Alameda was arrested for the slaying of 30-year-old Daniel Deltoro. Boden was arrested by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office along with 25-year-old Pablo Mendoza and 26-year-old Brandon Follings. Both men are Hayward residents.

Deltoro was shot and killed while taking a walk with his three-month-old son in a stroller on July 19, around 2:45 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The baby was not harmed during the shooting and was taken into protective custody. The infant has since been reunited with his mother.

Authorities believe the killing was targeted and a result of gang activity. Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said Deltoro was recently released from jail and was moving forward in a positive direction. He was trying to spend time with his wife and newborn. 

Jail records show Mendoza was booked into jail Thursday, Aug. 17 at 9:35 a.m. He went to his arraignment on Monday, Aug. 21. His plea hearing is Oct. 2. He was charged with more than 10 offenses including murder, possession of a controlled substance and in possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Brandon Follings was booked into jail on Aug. 5 and is due in court on Aug. 31 for a plea hearing. He was also arrested on multiple charges including evading an officer, second-degree robbery, murder and cruelty to a child. Both men are being held without bond at Santa Rita Jail.

Boden is currently not in custody at Alameda County Jail, according to the Alameda County Inmate Locator. Kelly said Boden was arrested days after the shooting. Authorities believe Boden was the getaway driver in the incident. She was also initially charged with murder.

Authorities are still seeking additional information on the case. Those with details on the killing are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 667-7721 or an anonymous tip line at 667-3622.