No suspect yet in In-N-Out worker murder

- From Hal Eisner:

Investigators are  looking for whoever shot and killed an In-N-Out worker in La Mirada. Exactly when it happened is not clear, but around 5am Friday morning the body of 40-year-old Josefina Alcocer was found in the parking lot of the very popular fast food restaurant along the 5 freeway in La Mirada.

The 40-year old food work has been shot in the upper torso. And, ever since investigators have been here trying to figure out what happened. The murder has certainly tormented family members

Cousin Juan Guapo told reporters, “Josefina is good people.. loved the family and the son." Were there any enemies? asked a reporter.  Guapo responded, "no nothing.” 

Family members say she was all about her work. The body, removed just after 1pm Friday afternoon, was found by a worker of another business in the back part of the parking lot. Investigators have retrieved surveillance video from a number of cameras around here. They say they have lots of questions, but not a lot of answers.

Family members haven’t wanted to talk with reporters, but Juan Guapo and Arnulfo Ortiz wanted people to know she was loved and never had any problems with anyone… including family members.

Company officials said this was the first time anything like this had happened in the company's 60-year history.

EARLIER:

A woman who had worked at the In-N-Out Burger restaurant in La Mirada for two decades was found shot to death today in the parking lot of the eatery.

The shooting at 14341 Firestone Blvd. was reported at 4:45 a.m., said Deputy Lisa Jansen of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Deputies responding to a "female unresponsive" call found the woman, who was wearing an In-N-Out uniform, lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to the upper body, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The victim, identified by her employer as Josefina Alcocer, was pronounced dead at the scene, Jansen said. "The entire In-N-Out family grieves today over this senseless tragedy as we send our thoughts and prayers to the Alcocer family,'' said Lynsi Snyder, the company's owner and president.

"Josefina had been a part of our In-N-Out family since 1996 and she was one of our original associates at our La Mirada restaurant,'' Snyder said.

"We are devastated and will miss her. So many things going on in the world today. We will remain strong and stand in love for Josefina.''

Sheriff's homicide detectives urged anyone with any information regarding the shooting to call them at (323) 890-5500.

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