Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information on the murder of a pregnant Visalia woman.
Vanessa Oviedo was shot twice in the head. She was 35 weeks pregnant at the time.
It’s been a month since her murder and the killer is still on the loose.
Candles and flowers sit near the site where Vanessa Oviedo was shot. They remain from the vigil her family held a month ago.
“My daughter was outgoing, fun, she loved her jobs and her kids,” said Ramiro Oviedo
Detectives from Visalia police have been working for weeks to find Vanessa’s killer.
“We did have some leads that we were able to follow up on. What we’re asking for is anybody who may have any information, we’re encouraging them to contact the police department or they can also contact Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP,” said Visalia police detective Celeste Sanchez.
Crime Stoppers put together a re-enactment of the deadly shooting that happened November 17th.
Vanessa was in a car with her 11-month old daughter and three men.
They were in the left turn lane on Ben Maddox at Houston when another car pulled up on the driver’s side and someone in that car fired six shots.
Vanessa was shot twice in the head. The driver of the car was shot in the leg. Police believe the shooting was gang related.
“Vanessa was the front passenger in the vehicle. We believe she was not the intended target, there was another person in the vehicle that we believe was the intended target,” detective Sanchez said.
Vanessa was the mother of four children.
Her son was delivered by emergency C-section at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Vanessa died from her wounds. Her son survived and is doing well. So is her 11-month-old daughter who was in the car with Vanessa when the shooting happened.
“We’re just asking for anyone’s help to come forward because we need to bring closure to this poor family,” detective Sanchez said.
Police are planning to update us on the investigation on Thursday. We will bring you that.
There are four children left without a mother at Christmas.
Police are hoping that someone will call detectives or Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP, if they want to remain anonymous.