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Jentoya Jenay Theus, 24

Jentoya Jenay Theus, a 24-year-old black woman, was shot and killed Monday, July 7, in the 800 block of West Cherry Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 11:50 a.m., Theus was riding her bike in front of a home where people were gathered when a dark-colored car drove west on West Cherry Street and a person opened fire, said Det. Philip Guzman with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The gunfire also hit a man in the upper torso, according to a department news release. That man remains hospitalized. Theus was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 2:05 p.m., said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman.

At the scene later that day, more than 10 evidence markers were placed in the street marking shell casings from the bullets. Theus’ bike was on the sidewalk and a plastic bag with her clothes inside lay in the street.

Renee Allen, who was at the scene behind the yellow tape, said that Theus, her niece, was riding her bike to a nearby park to exercise.  She described the woman as athletic, energetic and friendly.

“She was a young lady trying to work,” Allen said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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