Robert Hong pieced together a powerful account of Jennifer Avina-Ortega’s last moments. The woman was shot to death Tuesday night standing at a pay phone in the 1800 block of East Villa. Police are releasing very few details about the case, implying they are close to catching the killer or killers here’s an excerpt:
Shot in the back and bleeding profusely, Avina-Ortega crawled on the pavement and screamed out in Spanish in the moments before she died, witnesses said.
“Ayudenme!” – “Help me!” Avina-Ortega screamed. “No me quiero morir!” – “I don’t want to die!”
Seconds after the gunfire, a witness, who declined to give her name, said she saw a car speed out of the parking lot adjacent the barbershop and a small market that is part of the same building.
Then a second vehicle drove past slowly, its headlights off. The windows were rolled down and it appeared the occupants were looking at Avina-Ortega as she lay on the sidewalk.
The car turned right on Villa, then drove through a red light at Allen Avenue and kept going, witnesses said.