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Alexiz Miranda Orona, 18

Alexiz Orona, an 18-year-old Latina, died on Friday, April 14, after she was shot near the corner of South Tamarind Avenue and East Raymond Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County authorities. 

There are few details available about the shooting. Orona lived in Buena Park in Orange County, but the evening she was shot, she was near her boyfriend's home on East Raymond Street, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Cotter. 

Investigators first learned about the shooting when Orona was dropped off at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood about 6 p.m., shortly after she was shot, Cotter said. 

“They basically pulled up to the curb, waited for the attendants to come get her and then drove away,” Cotter said. The car was described as a white compact.

Orona was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m., according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Her boyfriend, Valentine Quintero, 27, got out of the car at the hospital and then ran away, Cotter said. 

Quintero was arrested on April 18 on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $3-million bail, according to jail records. 

On April 20, Quintero pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and shooting at an occupied vehicle or dwelling, according to court records. His next court appearance is May 4 at the Compton Courthouse. 

Investigators believe the incident is gang related, Cotter said. They don’t believe Quintero shot Orona, Cotter said, “but his actions led to her death.” 

Cotter said he couldn’t provide more details because it could jeopardize the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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