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Lourdes Padilla, 70

Lourdes Padilla, a 70-year-old Latina, died on Thursday, Dec. 27, after she was shot at the corner of West 104th Street and Yukon Avenue in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records. 

Padilla, a resident of Inglewood, was walking on Yukon Avenue around 1 p.m. on Christmas Day when a woman confronted her and tried to take her purse, according to an Inglewood Police Department news release. 

During the struggle, the woman shot Padilla several times and then fled in a black four-door 2019 Toyota Yaris IA or Scion IA with yellow paper plates, The Times reported.

Inglewood officers found Padilla lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds, according to the release. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead two days later at 9:09 a.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the head. 

In January, investigators identified Donovan Bingaman, 20 and Lizet Martinez, 29, as suspects in the shooting. Police in Casa Grande, Ariz., tried to stop the couple on Jan. 21, while they were driving a white Nissan Versa with paper plates, but they were able to escape after a high-speed car chase, according to the department release. 

Investigators described Bingaman as a member of a Las Vegas-based street gang, The Times reported, and said the couple were known to frequent California, Nevada and Arizona. 

Police in Odessa, Texas, captured Bingaman and Martinez on Feb. 1 on a probable-cause warrant naming them as suspects in Padilla's murder. Inglewood police have filed information with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in connection with murder charges against the two, according to the department's news release.

Jessica Gonzalez, a woman who identified herself as a friend of Padilla's daughter, has started an online fundraising page to help the victim's family. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Inglewood police homicide detectives at (310) 415-5240 or the on-duty watch commander at (310) 412-5206. 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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