California woman shot and kidnapped from boyfriend’s car found dead

A California woman who was reportedly shot in a park near Los Angeles and abducted from her boyfriend’s car has been found dead, police have confirmed.

The body of 19-year-old Andrea Vazquez was discovered in an open field in the Moreno Valley, not far from where her family said their phone last rang and traces of blood were found.

Whitter police say they arrested 20-year-old Gabriel Esparza as the prime suspect in the case, charging him with murder and kidnapping.

Police said Mr Esparza, a Whittier resident, was arrested Monday at his place of work in the town of Lakewood. He has since been reported to Whittier Police and is being held without bail.

The police speak of an arbitrary murder.

“At this time, it appears that Andrea Vazquez and her male companion were attacked indiscriminately by the suspect at Penn Park,” the police said in a statement.

And they added that investigators had seized the weapon believed to have been used in the killing and the suspect’s vehicle, a white 2013 Toyota Tacoma truck, was also seized.

(Whittier Police Department)

Officials say her body was found late Monday night and the victim’s family was notified Tuesday morning.

“This isn’t the outcome they wanted, but they know the Whittier police were working around the clock,” said Moses Castillo, a former LAPD detective and family attorney. “Her pain and grief are indescribable.”

The victim was shot and abducted from Penn Park in Whittier after sitting in a parked car with her boyfriend.

Gabriel Esparza, 20, is charged with murder and kidnapping


Investigators say the friend fled the gunfire and when he returned to the vehicle, he “found blood” nearby and Ms Vazquez was gone.

According to police, the case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.

Vazquez studied fashion design at Fullerton College and also worked in a shopping center in Cerritos.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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