(FOX 11) - It’s been nearly a month since the murder of a mother and her four-year-old daughter rocked a Long Beach neighborhood. And, with the suspect or suspects still at large, the neighborhood is still on edge.
There is a heartfelt memorial for the mom and daughter, neatly organized on 9th Street and Locust Avenue. Teddy bears are packed into plastic bags, flowers are arranged in vases and messages to the family are written on a notebook.
“It’s not something nice to look at everyday I come to the office and see flowers and a cross it’s disturbing,” Shaw Adle, business owner, said.
But what’s even more disturbing is the incident itself.
On the night of August 6, mother Carina Mancera and her 4-year-old daughter Jennabel were walking home when they were shot and killed. The memory is still fresh on the minds of many neighbors like Marta Aguilera who walks her children here.
“It’s really scary because I work at night and I walk with my kids everyday,” Aguilera said. “I still get nervous.”
Police are still searching for suspect who also shot at the little girl’s father. Investigators don’t know if he was the intended target, or what the motive was, but neighbors have their own theories.
“They are not going to have a suspect, this is gang-related,” Adle said. “I mean who kills a little kid?” “It’s really sad not knowing what was the motive or what was the reason,” Aguilera said. That unknown has some neighbors taking extra safety measures.
Eleanor Engebreth, who lived next door to the family’s relatives before they moved said, she’s more careful at night.
“It’s kind of like a scar that’s not going to heal,” Engebreth said. “I don’t think we will ever be the same in this neighborhood.”
Long Beach Police tell us investigators have no new information in the case, but they encourage anyone with information to come forward. A $40,000 reward is being offered to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Michael Hubbard at (562) 570-7244.
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