Police: Friend was in room when Marin County man killed at Santa Rosa hotel

  • Max Weinreb, in a photo from Facebook

A Marin County man who was gunned down in a Santa Rosa hotel room during a botched marijuana deal was with a friend when he met with a pair of unknown assailants who remained at large Wednesday, police said.

Max Weinreb, 21, died after being shot several times, including a fatal wound in the chest, but the friend was unscathed during Sunday’s violent encounter at the Vagabond Inn on Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.

Police suspect that two men who witnesses saw leaving the hotel after the gunfire were trying to rob Weinreb and his friend when the meeting turned deadly. Linscomb declined to say whether Weinreb and his friend were the buyers or sellers.

Two men were seen fleeing the hotel in a cherry-red car, police said. Linscomb declined to say whether the suspects got away with marijuana, cash or the handgun used to shoot Weinreb.

Weinreb’s family did not respond to several phone calls seeking comment.

Weinreb, who attended Tamalpais High School and the College of Marin, was part of a family committed to philanthropy and was involved in Bay Area hip-hop circles.

Weinreb, his brother Jacob and mother, Marion, founded the “Max and Jacob’s Toy and Food Fund” to provide resources to immigrants from Russia, according to the Jewish Family and Children’s Services website.

News that he had been killed quickly spread through a network of novice Bay Area rap artists, said Damien Jennings, 29, of Novato, who said he met Weinreb nearly 10 years ago through mutual friends.

Weinreb performed under the name “Pro-2-col” and “Pro Two-Col” having started freestyle rhyming and developing friends in hip-hop circles as a young adolescent, according to Jennings.

Word of his death “got out really fast, Max was known,” said Jennings, who goes by the name MC Da-Liva when he performs. “I was really shocked. … We were supposed to do music together in a few weeks.”

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