DJ Gio: Slain Sacramento DJ remembered for his impact

Community members say DJ Gio’s life was taken too soon by gun violence, but his life will be celebrated.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The life and memory of Sacramento recording artist “DJ Gio” is mourned by both the community and the industry.

Known to many as DJ Gio, the murder of Giovanni Isidro Razo Pizano has shocked those touched by his music. He was killed in what police called a double attempted homicide and robbery.

While many knew him as an artist, local Sacramento artist David Garibaldi knew him as his friend.

“DJ Gio, when he plays, it’s a different energy; he’s not just a DJ. He’s an artist, so if you ever see videos of him, he’s not just behind the deck, he’s on the mic in front of the crowd. He really moves everyone,” Garibaldi said.

DJ Kenzo, from Stockton, said he opened a show for DJ Gio four years ago. DJ Kenzo said DJ Gio’s impact was felt not only in Sacramento, but also in Stockton and Modesto. He said DJ Gio gave young DJs someone positive to look up to.

“Seeing a DJ who was about 45 minutes away from me, going crazy and doing amazing things…I wanted to be as close to him as possible and learn from him,” DJ Kenzo said.

DJ Kenzo also said he received advice from DJ Gio that he will never forget.

“He just told me don’t stop, stay consistent. Don’t stop, don’t give up,” DJ Kenzo said.

Garibaldi said city leaders must do more to address gun violence

“What is the root of this? It’s not just the gun. It goes way beyond that,” he said.

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