Mother Mourns Daughter Shot in Domestic Dispute

Jerilyn Olguin struggled Wednesday to come to terms with the shooting death of her only daughter, killed in a domestic dispute on Tuesday night in East Hollywood.

"I just can't understand," she said. "I can't understand someone doing something like that. She had people who cared about her and family."

Olguin said her daughter turned to drugs when she was just out of high school, was in and out of jail. Mother and daughter had not seen each other since 2011. The family tried to get her into drug treatment.

"Even though she had all those troubles we still loved her very much."

On Tuesday she got the call every parent fears. She learned her daughter had been killed. She thought maybe it was an overdose or an accident.

"I certainly wasn't thinking I was going to be told she was murdered," Olguin said. "My daughter had gone over the address on Virgil to play Chinese poker."

Olguin said she was told her daughter may have been living with a man who showed up at the apartment.

"There was an argument and he hit my daughter in the face and she started to argue back with him because she was tough. She was not a weak person and he shot her in the head."

Olguin said there may have been as many as six other people in the apartment at the time. Only one person stayed and called paramedics. But it was too late.

"I at least feel glad that she's not lying at the coroners office and nobody's going to come get her."

Family members are planning a service to remember the girl who went to Catholic school, graduated high school, and loved music and her family.

Olguin said she's speaking out because she wants people to know her daughter is not a statistic.

"I didn't want them to think that she was somebody no one cared about because she's loved," Olguin said.

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