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Mayra Karina Portillo-Moreno, 29

Mayra Karina Portillo-Moreno, a 29-year-old Latina, was fatally shot Saturday, April 21, in the 12400 block of Grandee Avenue in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Portillo-Moreno and Juan Rodriguez, her longtime boyfriend, were having an argument around 1:40 a.m. in the home they shared with their three children, ages 8, 3 and 1, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. 

During the argument, Rodriguez picked up a gun and fired several times at Portillo-Moreno, Moore said. The shots struck the woman in her upper torso. Their 8-year-old daughter also was shot, Moore said. 

Deputies found Portillo-Moreno dead in the house with her two younger children, who had not been injured during the shooting.

Investigators later learned that Rodriguez had driven the oldest child to the hospital. She was admitted in critical condition, Moore said, but survived the shooting. 

Portillo-Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:03 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

Rodriguez, a 29-year-old Latino, was arrested later that morning on suspicion of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Moore said. He was charged April 24 with murder, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and two counts of child neglect and abandonment. 

On May 3, Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is being held in lieu of $3.28 million bail. His next court date is June 14. 

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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