A 39-year-old mother and store clerk shot by a robber at a store called Happy Bargain 99 Cents and Up is being laid to rest at a funeral service. Michelle Valles reports from East Los Angeles for Today in LA on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Mourners on Friday were laying to rest a mother of five who was gunned down at a South Los Angeles discount store as she finished her shift.
Martha Sanchez, 39, was killed Sept. 17 at the Happy Bargain 99 Cents store at 74th Street and Broadway. As family and friends mourn her loss, police continue to search for her killer.
The funeral comes after Sanchez's children pleaded for help finding the robber who killed their mother and city officials announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
"She was my role model. She was my best friend. She was everything to me and now she's gone and it's not fair," said Gabriella Sanchez, 18, one of the victim's four daughters.
Police said a man tried to rob the store that night at 9 and shot Sanchez before taking off. A customer found her on the ground with gunshot wounds in her stomach. She died at a hospital.
Gabriella Sanchez said her mother's work ethic is her legacy. She described a woman who came home exhausted, but still wore a smile.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to call 213-485-1383.
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