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News Release

Monday, November 3, 2003

Media Relations

Seeking the Publics Assistance In Identifying the Murder Suspect

"Seeking the Public’s Assistance In Identifying the Murder Suspect"


Captain Paul S. Pesqueira, Commanding Officer, Harbor Patrol, Harbor Area Homicide Detectives

Press Conference

Harbor Division, 2175 South John Gibson Blvd., San Pedro

Monday, November 3, 2003, at 11:30 a.m.

Los Angeles: Harbor Homicide is investigating the shooting death of 35 year-old Monica Agustina Noriega.

On Sunday, November 2, 2003, at about 6:50 p.m., Noriega was leaving a friend’s house located in the area of 223rd Street and Harvard Boulevard. Noriega entered the passenger side of her family van to join her husband and her three children. As her husband began to drive away, Noriega told her husband she had forgotten her baby’s pacifier. Noriega’s husband stopped the van and as she exited to retrieve the pacifier, she was struck by a single gunshot that was fired by unidentified suspect(s) approximately 200 yards south of her location.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and transported Monica Noriega to Harbor/UCLA Medical Center where she died from her wounds.

The motive for the shooting and the suspect(s) identity are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detectives John Goodman or Dan Burzumato at 310-548-2835. On weekends and during off-hours, contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Lucy Diaz, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.