Three convicted in murder of Baldwin Park teenager

POMONA — A jury convicted three men Thursday in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Baldwin Park girl whose body was dragged behind a car, officials said.
Abraham Ruben Acuna, 34, Matthew Andrew Garcia, 27 and Victor Monge, 32, were each convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Gloria Gaxiola, court officials said.
Her body was found after being dragged several miles by a car on Oct. 12 of 2002, at Hacienda Boulevard and Colima Road in Hacienda Heights, authorities said.
The slaying is believed to have occurred on Turnbull Canyon Road in Hacienda Heights.
All three men are due back at Pomona Superior Court for sentencing on June 29, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
Acuna and Monge may face sentencing under “third strike” guidelines, as they both have prior convictions.
Garcia was tried as a “second strike” case.
All three men face the possibility of life in prison when sentenced.
The jury returned with the guilty verdicts after less than a day of deliberations.
After five years without an arrest, Acuna, Monge and Garcia were arrested in early 2008 after a witness came forward with new information.
District Attorney’s officials said Gaxiola was a runaway at the time of her death and may have been staying with one of the killers or one of their friends.

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  • Edward

    Does anyone know how the girl died? Was it from a gunshot wound, stabbing, or dragged to death???
    Cant seem to find any information on this homicide.

  • LiquorInFrontPokerInRear

    Why was she murderd? I keep reading everything else but motive.