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Ana Maria Nunez, 37

Ana Maria Nunez (2018-08-29)

Ana Maria Nunez, a 37-year-old Latina, was fatally shot Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the 2700 block of Leafdale Avenue in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Nunez, who was about six months pregnant, was alone at her home on Leafdale Avenue the evening she was shot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. 

A family member found Nunez inside her home with multiple gunshot wounds about 8:55 p.m., Mendoza said. 

Nunez was taken to a nearby hospital where she and her fetus were pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Her cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds to the torso. 

Authorities are searching for Nunez’s estranged husband, Octavio Curiel-Martinez, 36, who was seen leaving the scene and is believed to be armed with a handgun, The Times reported

At about 8:30 p.m., Curiel-Martinez went to his parents' home, in the 12300 block of Clinton Street in El Monte, and shot at his father, who was standing outside, Mendoza said. 

Those shots missed, and Curiel-Martinez's father was unharmed, Mendoza said. 

Investigators don’t know which shooting occurred first, but they suspect Nunez was shot before the attack on her father-in-law, about 1 1/2 miles south of her home, Mendoza said. 

Nunez and Curiel-Martinez were raising four children together, but they were not home at the time of the shooting, Mendoza said. Despite the couple's estrangement, Curiel-Martinez stayed at the home off and on, Mendoza said. 

Investigators are searching for Curiel-Martinez, who is considered armed and dangerous, Mendoza said. He is described as Latino, about 5 feet 7 with brown hair and eyes, Mendoza said. He was last seen driving his red 2018 Toyota Tacoma with a chrome utility box in the bed and the California license plate 81718L2. 

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.  

Photo: Octavio Curiel-Martinez, 36, is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his pregnant wife, Ana Maria Nunez, in El Monte on Aug. 29. He is considered armed and dangerous, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say. Photo supplied by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau. 

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