Wilmington, Calif. – A 24-year-old lady was shot and killed alongside together with her unborn child whereas sitting in a parked car within the Wilmington neighborhood, authorities mentioned Monday.
Arlene Leonor Rodriguez, who was seven months pregnant, was within the1100 block of North Neptune Avenue at about 11:25 a.m. Sunday whereas a person she was with labored on the car’s engine, in keeping with the Los Angeles Police Division.
A suspect walked up and shot a number of rounds into the car, placing Rodriguez and the person, police mentioned.
The suspect fled, and paramedics took Rodriguez and the male sufferer to a hospital, the place Rodriguez was pronounced lifeless, in keeping with police. Her child didn’t survive.
“It’s very painful.” mentioned distraught father Jose Rodriguez. He spoke to us from his house in Kansas and described the devastating lack of his daughter 24-year-old Arlena and her unborn child. Arlena, who was seven months pregnant, was shot to demise Sunday afternoon.
Her household believes she was the unintended goal of gang violence.
“She was inside a car and she or he was shot a number of occasions… two occasions. As soon as within the chest and as soon as within the head,” mentioned Jose Rodriguez.
Police say Arlena was inside a automobile that was parked on Neptune Avenue and Denni Avenue when a suspect opened fireplace on the car after which ran away.
“They known as me from the hospital and advised me to go to the hospital and see what occur with the newborn after which they advised me the newborn was lifeless however I obtained to carry the newborn,” mentioned Arlena’s Nice Aunt, Maria Francesarujo
Her household says her boyfriend who was engaged on the automobile was additionally shot within the hand however is okay.
Arlena is the second little one Jose Rodriguez has misplaced to gang violence.
His son Richard was killed in a capturing again in 2011.
His ex-wife died from well being issues when Arlena was a toddler.
“I misplaced two kids from the identical mother and I misplaced a mother too… I’ve actually misplaced a complete household,” Rodriguez mentioned.
On Wednesday relations gathered at a neighborhood memorial to recollect the younger pregnant mom who additionally has three surviving kids, a three-year-old son and two-year-old twin women.
“She had her points. All of us have our points. However total she was mother she cherished her kids,” Rodriguez mentioned.
In the meantime, police are trying to find the shooter and are asking for the general public’s assist.
Members of the family additionally pleading for the killer to return ahead.
“The individual that did it…if they will simply flip themselves in… simply one thing.” Francesarujo mentioned.
The household has arrange a Gofundme account to assist pay for funeral bills.
Anybody with data is urged to name the LAPD. You’ll be able to name the Crimestoppers Hotline at 800 222-TIPS.
You’ll be able to stay nameless.
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