Slain Check Cash Clerk Remembered as "Beautiful," "Awesome"

Police say two men were caught on camera shooting the female clerk and robbing the store

By Jason Kandel and Tony Shin
|  Monday, Nov 18, 2013  |  Updated 10:34 PM PDT
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The family of a Chino store clerk who was shot to death during a robbery at the check cashing store where she worked remembered the young victim as

Tony Shin

The family of a Chino store clerk who was shot to death during a robbery at the check cashing store where she worked remembered the young victim as "beautiful" and "awesome." Vanessa Martinez was planning to leave her job, and often feared for her safety at the store. Tony Shin reports from Chino for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2013.

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Mourners Remember Slain Chino Store Clerk

The day after she was shot and killed by two gunmen during a robbery, mourners pay respects to 24-year-old Vanessa Martinez, a woman who had gone so far as to ask the owner of the store if he would install a more secure barrier around her workspace. Police arrested two men in connection with her death on Saturday. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Reward Offered in Chino Clerk's Killing

After two men shot and killed a female store clerk in broad daylight at a Chino Check 'n Go, police are offering a $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men. The two were caught on surveillance video, and those images are how police hope the public will help locate the alleged killers. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
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Family and friends remembered on Monday a check cash clerk gunned down in a brazen daytime robbery as an "awesome" and "beautiful" young woman who took pride in everything she did.

Vanessa Martinez was shot Friday while working at a Check ‘n Go in Chino in a robbery police say was caught on surveillance camera. Two men were arrested in connection with the slaying, police said.

"They took her life … They took a big part of our life,” said Martinez’s brother Joe Cabialez, through tears. "She was awesome, definitely the best sister I could ask for."

Family members said Martinez had been looking for another job when she was gunned down. She had recently submitted a job application to a nearby nursing home.

"She wanted something better for herself," said Christal Daniel, of the San Marino Manor.

Daniel said she had been planning to call Martinez Friday to tell her that she had gotten the job. She said Martinez told her she wanted the new job partly because she feared for her safety.

“We talked about how she lets people in,” Daniel said. “And she says, ‘Sometimes when you press that button you just never know who you're letting in.’"

Marcy Schneidmiller, a customer, said everytime she went to the business she wondered why there was no bulletproof glass.

Martinez’s family declined to comment about the store's security.

They’re trying to come to grips with their loss.

"We are in shock,” said her mother, Ruby Saenz.

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