2nd Prosecutor Dies Unexpectedly in Less Than 2 Months in Central Calif. DA's Office

For the second time in less than two months, a dedicated career prosecutor in a central California district attorney’s office has died unexpectedly, leaving his remaining colleagues and the local legal community stunned and saddened.

Shawn Barlow, 40, had no known medical problems but died early Sunday at home of natural causes, reports the Modesto Bee. The assistant Stanislaus County district attorney also was running for a seat on the Turlock City Council, and remains on the ballot, which has already been printed.

His death follows the death last month of another assistant DA in the 36-prosecutor office. Nate Baker, 42, died Aug. 5 at a hospital in San Francisco where he had been scheduled for a heart procedure.

Walking past their two vacant offices is “truly somber,” colleague Wendell Emerson, who has been a prosecutor in the Modesto office for over a decade, tells the newspaper. “To lose two prosecutors in the prime of their lives for totally unforeseen reasons was unimaginable weeks ago—yet it happened.”

Additional coverage:

Modesto Bee: “Stanislaus County prosecutor Nate Baker, 42, dies suddenly”

Modesto Bee: “Stanislaus prosecutor and Turlock council candidate dies”

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