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$40,000 Reward Offered in Killing of Mother, Daughter

Police said the victims and the child's father, Luis Anaya, were walking to their nearby residence when gunfire rang out.

The Long Beach Police Department announced a $40,000 reward Friday for information that leads to the arrest of the gunman who killed a 26-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter in Long Beach last weekend.

Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna and Mayor Robert Garcia held a news conference to announce details of the reward.

"We as a community are better than this. Somebody out there knows something, somebody out there has information," Luna said. 

Surveillance footage obtained by the police is grainy, so police are hoping the reward will bring in more clues. 

Carina Mancera and her daughter, Jennabel Anaya, were killed around 10:30 p.m. Saturday at East Ninth Street and Locust Avenue.

Police said the victims and the child's father, Luis Anaya, were walking to their nearby residence when gunfire rang out.

Luis Anaya told investigators that a man walked up to his longtime girlfriend and their daughter and suddenly -- and without provocation -- opened fire, then ran off.

Mayor Garcia was shocked to know that the shooting occurred just a few blocks away from his home.

"It greatly concerns me as a mayor. It concerns our police department and brings us a lot of sadness and anger at the same time," Garcia said. 

A GoFundMe page was set up to help the family cover funeral expenses. As of late this morning, more than $28,000 had been raised.

"Our family is heartbroken with this tragic event, and we hope that you can help us give these two beautiful souls a graceful resting place," the family's message reads.

Long Beach police detectives asked anyone with information on the shooting to call them at (562) 570-7244.

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