Police investigate daytime murder in Lemoore

Second murder in Lemoore in a week

Lemoore, Calif. - Investigators with the Lemoore Police Department are working to track down leads after a man is murdered on the street in broad daylight. The crime happened in front of the Lemoore Villa Apartments along Hanford Armona Road near Cinnamon Drive.

It's all hands on deck at the Lemoore Police Department as investigators try to track down the suspect behind a daytime murder in their community. Investigators say at one point they hadn't had a murder in five years. Now, they've had two in the last week. 

<"Maribeth" / Neighbor>

"I'm not worried about being safe here in Lemoore. It's a good town. I love it," Lemoore resident Maribeth told us standing near the scene of the murder. 

In the past week Lemoore Police officers have worked two murder scenes along Hanford Armona Rd within a few blocks of each other.

"I think these are two separate and isolated incidents and obviously unexpected," said Margarita Ochoa of the Lemoore Police Department. 

In the latest case a man was stabbed to death and left lying on the sidewalk outside the Lemoore Villa Apartments just before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

It's something neighbors are trying to deal with.

"It's a great big rare thing, but it's also a sad thing because it's such a good community," said Maribeth.

Exactly a week ago just up the street a 16 year old was killed. He was also stabbed to death.

Investigators are now even busier taking on this second murder investigation in such a short period of time.

The circumstances that led up to the stabbing are still under investigation and police towed a vehicle from the scene as evidence.

Officers still aren't sure if these cases are gang related, but say it's a priority to get the cases solved.

" We will take an aggressive approach and go out into our community and show our community we are a safe community and like I said these are isolated incidents," said Ochoa. 

Investigators with the Lemoore Police Department say they are still looking for leads and information from witnesses. If anyone knows what happened in either of these two murders in the last week you're asked to contact police detectives.

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