Dozens of people held a vigil Wednesday evening for a man and woman who were fatally shot outside a market in Pomona, as authorities sought public help to find whoever killed them and determine why they were targeted.
The victims died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday near the Perez Market in the area of Ridgeway Street and Barjud Avenue, the Pomona Police Department reported.
Witnesses reported hearing about 20 gunshots, according to a report from the scene.
The woman was identified by the coroner’s office as Valerie Enriquez, 27, of Pomona. The man was identified by police as 37-year-old Hugo Reynoso, also of Pomona.
The slain woman’s mother, Sherri Piedra, told ABC7 that Enriquez leaves behind a 10-year-old son and was not involved with gangs.
“It’s just sad,” Pomona Police Sgt. Brian Hagerty said of the apparent ambush. “I mean, they were just hanging out … sitting on the curb, and they probably didn’t see it coming.”
About 30 to 40 people — including family members of the victims — held a vigil in the market’s parking lot, where they lit candles, prayed and shared some refreshments, a videographer at the scene said.
Anyone with information on the killings was urged to call detectives at (909) 620-2085, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
–City News Service