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Jessica Torres, 21

Jessica Torres, a 21-year-old Latina, died Saturday, Feb. 3, two days after she was shot in the 7800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, Torres was driving north on Van Nuys Boulevard in a gray Ford Fusion with two others when a vehicle pulled alongside the car, said Los Angeles Police Det. Richard Moakley.

A person began shooting from the other vehicle, and Torres was struck, Moakley said.

The vehicle continued north on Van Nuys Boulevard. 

Torres, who had been shot in the head, was taken to a hospital, and she was pronounced dead at 2:44 p.m. Feb. 3, according to coroner’s records.

Detectives are trying to determine why someone would shoot at Torres and the people in the car with her. Torres did not have gang ties, Moakley said.

Anyone with information can call Moakley at (818) 374-1938. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Photo: On March 28, the LAPD released photos from surveillance video showing the suspect vehicle approaching the car driven by Jessica Torres, just before she was shot at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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