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Nancy Romero, 46

 Nancy Romero, a 46-year-old Latina, was fatally shot on Thursday, July 11, in the 300 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records. 

Long Beach Police investigators were called to the scene shortly before 8 am. regarding a woman lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds near the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, according to a department news release.

The woman, later identified as Romero, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds to the back. 

The Long Beach Post quoted residents as saying that Romero often took walks in the neighborhood. A small memorial at the shooting site included a note on a bouquet of flowers that called Romero "one of the kindest persons in the whole world, rest in peace." The signature read: "Your neighbor."

The shooter was described as a white man in his early 30s who fled the scene on foot. Investigators later served a search warrant in the 300 block of Daisy Avenue, looking for the shooter, but the house was empty. The address was where Romero had lived with her boyfriend, John Jay Osborne, 31, said spokeswoman Shauuna (CQ) Dandoy.

Five days later, on July 16,  Osborne walked into the Long Beach Police Department with his attorney and turned himself in, according to the release. 

Osborne was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for charges later in the week, according to the release. 

Investigators described the shooting as an "isolated incident of domestic violence," according to the release. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Long Beach Police Dets. Oscar Valenzuela and Sean Magee at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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