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Who is Maria Del Refugio Mora? California mom of three killed by stray bullet in gang-related shooting

Who is Maria Del Refugio Mora? California mom of three killed by stray bullet in gang-related shooting

A mom of three from California was killed by a stray bullet fired during a suspected gang-related shooting targeting a pair of teens, according to police.

Maria Del Refugio Mora, 36, was exiting a convenience store on her way to meet her family in Santa Ana on December 4 when she was hit by a bullet fired by gunmen who emerged from a passing car.

Mora was hit in the upper torso and died in the hospital five days later.

At about 4:30 p.m., police responded to the 1400 block of South Cypress Street and discovered Mora in a parking lot with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

Mora was treated at the scene before being taken to a local hospital in critical condition. She died as a result of her injuries on Friday.

According to cops, a preliminary investigation has determined that two teenage boys were shot at by the occupants of a white sedan, as seen in surveillance video released over the weekend.

The innocent bystander, right, is survived by her husband and their three kids between ages 3 and 15.
The innocent bystander, right, is survived by her husband and their three kids between ages 3 and 15.

Seeking to get away from the gunmen, the teens ran into the parking lot on South Cypress Street, where Mora — “an innocent bystander” — was shot. The two boys escaped unharmed.

“The circumstances surrounding this shooting are currently being investigated, however detectives believe the motive could be gang related,” police wrote in a statement.

The occupants of the car opened fire on the teens but instead shot Mora, who was walking through the parking lot from a store.
The occupants of the car opened fire on the teens but instead shot Mora, who was walking through the parking lot from a store.

Investigators said Mora was walking out of a store after buying sodas as her husband and one of their children were exiting a nearby pizzeria, reported the station KTLA. The family were getting lunch before heading to Mass.

During a press conference, the husband stated that he saw his wife smile at him and then heard her scream. At the time of the shooting, the couple’s 3-year-old son was present.

“She was the best wife and mother,” the bereaved father said as he held his youngest child in his arms.

source:summarybio.com