Anna Marie Perez, 24

Anna Marie Perez, a 24-year-old Latina, was fatally shot on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the 100 block of West 4th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Perez was in a parking lot at 4th and Pacific Avenue in Long Beach’s downtown entertainment district around 2 a.m. when two groups of men and women began arguing, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

Investigators believe Perez wasn’t involved with either group, according to the release, but someone began shooting and Perez was struck in the torso. 

Perez was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 a.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Witnesses described the shooter as a black adult male who was last seen leaving the parking lot in an “unknown color sedan,” according to the release. 

Perez lived in Long Beach and attended Long Beach City College, according to her Facebook page. Her aunt has started an online fundraiser to help her family with burial expenses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Long Beach Dets. Shea Robertson and Oscar Valenzuela at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

Anna Marie Perez, a 24-year-old Latina, was fatally shot on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the 100 block of West 4th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Perez was in a parking lot at 4th and Pacific Avenue in Long Beach’s downtown entertainment district around 2 a.m. when two groups of men and women began arguing, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.

Investigators believe Perez wasn’t involved with either group, according to the release, but someone began shooting and Perez was struck in the torso. 

Perez was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 a.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Witnesses described the shooter as a black adult male who was last seen leaving the parking lot in an “unknown color sedan,” according to the release. 

Perez lived in Long Beach and attended Long Beach City College, according to her Facebook page. Her aunt has started an online fundraiser to help her family with burial expenses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Long Beach Dets. Shea Robertson and Oscar Valenzuela at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

from http://homicide.latimes.com

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Charges filed in 2006 killing of woman found shot inside car

When Taja Jones failed to pick up her 14-year-old son from a babysitter one spring evening in 2006, her friends and family knew something was wrong,

The 35-year-old mother left her job at a mortgage company at about 2 p.m. on the afternoon of April 20 and never returned.

Her body was discovered five days later, crumpled on the floor of her vehicle in the 5800 block of Jefferson Boulevard. The coroner’s office concluded Jones had been shot in the head.

More than 12 years after Jones was found dead, two people — including Jones’ babysitter — have been charged with murder, police said Wednesday.

Tyranda McDaniel, 49, and Nicole Chapple, 43, who were in a relationship in 2006, might have killed Jones because of a large family inheritance, police said.

In addition to murder, McDaniel and Chapple face a special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

McDaniel is already in prison on an unrelated charge, and Chapple was taken into custody near her Fontana home on Nov. 15, according to police and online jail records.

Earlier this year, police began looking into the case again and reinterviewed several witnesses. Investigators declined to say what specific evidence they uncovered against McDaniel and Chapple, but said much of the original evidence was useful.

Chapple, Jones’ babysitter, knew her “for many years,” said Los Angeles police Det. Bertha Durazo. Chapple had been a person of interest in the case.

Jones’ brutal slaying stunned her friends and family.

Nearly 20 people were present at a news conference announcing the arrests.

A family friend read a statement thanking police for their efforts.

“We have all been waiting patiently for 12 years,” Salandra Montgomery said.

Jacqueline Townes said she had known Jones since both were 2 years old and her friend was not just a murder victim.

“You can see by all of us here that she was very loved,” she said. “Without this case being solved, we would still have a lot of broken hearts.”

Photo: Det. Bertha Durazo, left, and Lt. Byron Roberts announce the arrest of two suspects in the 2006 killing of Taja Jones. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

When Taja Jones failed to pick up her 14-year-old son from a babysitter one spring evening in 2006, her friends and family knew something was wrong,

The 35-year-old mother left her job at a mortgage company at about 2 p.m. on the afternoon of April 20 and never returned.

Her body was discovered five days later, crumpled on the floor of her vehicle in the 5800 block of Jefferson Boulevard. The coroner’s office concluded Jones had been shot in the head.

More than 12 years after Jones was found dead, two people — including Jones’ babysitter — have been charged with murder, police said Wednesday.

Tyranda McDaniel, 49, and Nicole Chapple, 43, who were in a relationship in 2006, might have killed Jones because of a large family inheritance, police said.

In addition to murder, McDaniel and Chapple face a special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

McDaniel is already in prison on an unrelated charge, and Chapple was taken into custody near her Fontana home on Nov. 15, according to police and online jail records.

Earlier this year, police began looking into the case again and reinterviewed several witnesses. Investigators declined to say what specific evidence they uncovered against McDaniel and Chapple, but said much of the original evidence was useful.

Chapple, Jones’ babysitter, knew her “for many years,” said Los Angeles police Det. Bertha Durazo. Chapple had been a person of interest in the case.

Jones’ brutal slaying stunned her friends and family.

Nearly 20 people were present at a news conference announcing the arrests.

A family friend read a statement thanking police for their efforts.

“We have all been waiting patiently for 12 years,” Salandra Montgomery said.

Jacqueline Townes said she had known Jones since both were 2 years old and her friend was not just a murder victim.

“You can see by all of us here that she was very loved,” she said. “Without this case being solved, we would still have a lot of broken hearts.”

Photo: Det. Bertha Durazo, left, and Lt. Byron Roberts announce the arrest of two suspects in the 2006 killing of Taja Jones. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

from http://homicide.latimes.com

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