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Eleonora Hidalgo, 22

Eleonora Hidalgo, a 22-year-old Latina, was fatally shot Saturday, Aug. 4, in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Officers arrived at a mobile home park at around 10:35 p.m. and found Hidalgo with a gunshot wound in her upper torso. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators believe Hidalgo was killed by Marcos Gustavo Zermeno, her 24-year-old boyfriend with whom she lived at the mobile home park. It is believed Hidalgo and Zermeno had been arguing inside a car prior to the shooting. After the gun was fired, witnesses found Hidalgo and saw Zermeno attempt to steal a car and then jump over a fence, police said.

Hidalgo leaves behind children she had with Zermeno ages 2, 6 and 7.

Zermeno, a reputed gang member, is currently being sought by the Long Beach police. He is considered to be “armed and dangerous” by police, who believe he may try to flee to Mexico.

Zermeno has been described by police as a 5-foot-6, 170-pound Latino  with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his upper body. One on his right shoulder depicts a collage of skulls, while another on his right forearm says “Compton.”

A third tattoo, which can be found on his lower right neck, bears the word “Eleonora,” police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via the Internet by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

— David Zahniser

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