Homicide detectives have arrested a 16 year old boy from Orange Cove for the murder of an Orange Cove teenage girl.
Due to him being a minor, a photo and his name are not being released. A motive for the killing has not been determined.
On Wednesday, July 27, homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the shooting and killing 14 year old Araceli Gutierrez of Orange Cove. The shooter also injured Gutierrez’ 19 year old boyfriend who lives in Del Rey. He is hospitalized and in serious condition. Doctors expect him to survive.
Around 3:00 am on Wednesday, Orange Cove Police officers responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex on the 500 block of 8th Street in Orange Cove. Officers arrived and found two shooting victims, a 19 year old man and a 14 year old girl. Both were transported to local hospitals. The girl later passed away.
Due to this being a murder, Orange Cove Police requested that homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office take over the investigation. Detectives and members of our Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene to collect evidence. The preliminary investigation shows a single person confronted the young man and teenage girl as they stood near the street. The suspect fired multiple shots and then fled the area.
Anyone with additional information that can aid in this investigation is asked to please contact Homicide Detective Jesse Gloria at (559) 600-8217. You may also contact Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.