Thursday , June 13 2024

Reward Jumps to 22-Thousand Dollars In Child's Murder

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A mother’s plea for witnesses to come forward, as the reward increases for information in the murder of a nine-year-old girl.<br /><br />Janessa Ramirez was hit by a stray bullet Sunday night as she stood in front of a laundromat with her mother.<br /><br />Police believe the shot was fired by gang members up the street. Janessa died less than an hour later at the hospital.<br />On Tuesday her mother spoke about that night for the first time.<br /><br />&quot;Just know that she is my angel. Please just do right and give her justice and give me my peace. I love you Janessa.&quot; Stacey Gonzales broke down in tears as she walked away from the podium at Fresno Police Headquarters.<br /><br />During a press conference, the grieving mother made a desperate request for help to solve her daughter’s murder.<br /><br />Nine-year-old Janessa Ramirez was killed Sunday night in front of a laundromat at Marks and Clinton. Police believe there was a shootout between rival gang members nearby and one of the bullets struck and killed the innocent child.<br /><br />&quot;This has, and rightfully so, created an enormous amount of interest in this community and an outcry for justice to be served,&quot; Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.<br /><br />Dyer says his detectives have been working around the clock, talking to people who were at the strip mall when Janessa was shot, and reviewing security footage from businesses nearby. In that video officers saw a man running towards the area where the shooting occurred. They’d like to talk to him.<br /><br />And they saw a white four door car speeding away shortly afterwards and run a red light at the intersection, passing in front of a pickup truck. Police want to talk to the driver of the pickup.<br /><br />&quot;Any information that the driver of that pickup can provide, maybe for whatever reason, got a look at the driver or saw something that may be helpful,&quot; Chief Dyer said.<br /><br />Janessa’s mother returned to the laundromat Tuesday morning. <br /><br />&quot;I wanted to come back here because it was her last place,&quot; Stacey Gonzales said.<br /><br />She visited the memorial to her daughter and read the messages left by visitors.<br /><br />Stacey hopes the killers will look at her daughter’s picture and see what they’ve taken away. The affection and the love of this innocent child.<br /><br />&quot;I want people to remember that smile of my daughter because its stuck with me and I want everyone else to feel that,&quot; Gonzales said.<br /><br />If you have any information on the case, you’re asked to call Fresno Police or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for the reward of $22,500.<br /></div>

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