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Man, Woman Fatally Shot Behind Pomona Market

A man and a woman were shot to death behind a market in Pomona, authorities said Wednesday.

The double shooting was reported at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Ridgeway Street and Barjud Avenue, said Pomona police Lt. Marcus Perez.

Valerie Enriquez, 27, was identified by family members as one of the victims.

She was with a friend, only identified as a 37-year-old, pending notification of kin. 

Both were residents of Pomona, and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The motive of the shooting was being investigated. No suspect information was immediately available.

A resident told NBC4 he knew the man for over 10 years and calls his murder "baffling."

He said he went outside after he heard the gunshots and saw the pair on the ground. The resident observed earlier in the day that the man and woman were in the area "minding their own business."

The victim's cousin,  Eddie Cesena, told NBC4 Enriquez was a single mother with a young son.

He saw her the day before the shooting and told her to "be safe."

"She's a beautiful girl. That's my daughter," said Sherri Piedra, the victim's mother.

She struggled with what she would say if she could confront the killer.

"What would I tell that person?" she said. "I can't say on camera what I'd tell that person."

Pomona police say a camera toward the store's rear was recording, but the video's pretty "grainy," and not clear enough to release a suspect or vehicle description.

Police also said it appears the shooting is not gang-related. 

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