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Published on May 20, 2024
Two 18-Year-Olds Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of Teen in La QuintaSource: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Tragedy struck a quiet La Quinta neighborhood early Sunday morning when a 17-year-old male was fatally shot. According to the Riverside Sheriff's Department, deputies responded rapidly to a call at around 2:36 a.m. in the 79000 block of Paseo Del Rey following reports of gunfire. An intense search ensued to uncover any traces of the victim, perpetrator, or evidence related to the shooting. Their efforts led them to a local hospital where the young victim, suffering from a gunshot wound, was later pronounced dead.

The investigation quickly shifted into high gear as the Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit took over, working to piece together to immediately unravel the events of that night. Shortly thereafter, two 18-year-old suspects, identified as Elijah Alfredo Martinez of Bermuda Dunes and Dominick Cruz Venecia of Coachella, were arrested in connection with the murder. The pair were subsequently booked into John Benoit Detention Center, as stated in a press release by the Sheriff's Department.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting have tightly gripped the community, where such instances of violence are often few and far between. The Central Homicide Unit is actively continuing its investigation, hunting for additional pieces of information that could shed light on the incident. They are keeping a tight lid on further details at this stage of the investigation.

Authorities are currently reaching out to the public for assistance, beckoning anyone with information to step forward and help. Investigator D. Brown with the Central Homicide Unit and Investigator J. Bugarin with the Thermal Sheriff’s Station are the primary contacts for tips. In an effort to encourage community members to share what they know, the Riverside Sheriff's Department has released their contact numbers, urging potential witnesses to aid in the case resolution. Community members who have information about this incident are encouraged to contact Investigator D. Brown at (951) 955–1777 or Investigator J. Bugarin at (760) 863–8990, according to the Sheriff’s Department announcement.

As the search for answers unfolds, the Sheriff’s Department will funnel updates through their Media Information Bureau.