Family Lashes Out at Murder Suspects

March 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The murder happened Saturday morning after two men broke into a home in central Fresno.It happened in an apartment complex on First Street, just south of Clinton.

Family of Regina Morales told Action News she was threatened several times, constantly changing her phone number and dealt with robberies at her apartment 3 or 4 times over the last 4 years. They said Morales made a scary prediction about her death.

"We just want justice done. Turn yourself in. Just turn yourself in. You know who you are." These are desperate pleas from family seeking closure to the murder of 27-year old Morales.

Carissa Jones, cousin, says "We just want to see them come to justice. And we need everybody's support." Support they hope to gain from the community during this carwash. Family members want to raise enough money to cover funeral costs.

Shortly after 3:30 Saturday morning 2 men wearing red bandanas were seen breaking into Morales's home. Police say she was shot and the 2 men stole her car.

Detectives believe Benita Ochoa may have answers to this murder or know the men involved.

The victim's mother, Linda Morales, says her daughter was robbed several times before. "They were already breaking into her house and stuff. You know every time she went out they were breaking into her house. She kind of sensed something was going to happen."

Linda says the mother of two was loved, but did have enemies. "She was not in a gang. She would just mind her own business. They were just jealous of her. That was just it. There were just jealous," she says.

Police are still looking for Morales's car.

Family says they plan to have another car wash Monday at Tulare and First. And at 8pm a candle light vigil will be held at her home by family and friends remembering Regina Morales.


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