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The family of a Florida mother who was brazenly shot to death with no clear motive as to why are demanding authorities make an arrest in her case.
Jeannairy "Jeannie" Dominguez, 25, was shot in her Lakeland home around 9:24 p.m. on July 19, according to local police. In total, 11 shots were fired at the young mother, according to ABC affiliate WFTS-TV. She was pronounced dead at the scene by fire rescue responders.
Three of Dominguez’s children — all under the age of 8 — were inside at the time gunfire erupted, according to law enforcement. The kids were unharmed in the shooting. The children have since been reunited with family members.
Police haven’t specified a possible motive or whether they've identified any suspects or persons of interest in the ongoing murder investigation. No arrests have been made.
“This is still very early in the investigation,” Lakeland Police Department said in a statement. “Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads and interview witnesses.”
However, family of the young mother have voiced their frustration with the probe.
"When they take the person responsible, yes, I'll be able to grieve, I'll be able to cry, I'll be able to miss my daughter,” Narda Tolentino, Jeannie's mother, said at a candlelight vigil for Dominguez, WVTV reported.
Tolentino insisted her daughter “was not out on the street looking for trouble,” according to WFTS-TV.
"I want justice for my daughter," she also said. "She was killed in her own house."
The slain woman’s mother also claimed she also knew the identity of the killer — insisting that an abusive ex-boyfriend and an associate were to blame, according to the Ledger.
“I have no doubts in my heart he killed my daughter,” Tolentino said, the local newspaper reported. “I have a lot of reasons to believe that because I was there any time my daughter had a problem. I was there. I witnessed all the violence.”
Friends and community members, including a local Black Lives Matter chapter, have also questioned why no arrests have been made in Dominguez’s murder.
"What we don't understand is why LPD has not arrested these two individuals," Pastor Carl Soto told WFTS-TV.
"They keep saying they're close to solving the case but they're not. If they're close to solving this case you would've got the boys who did it. We know who they are, we've shown them pictures, neighbors have seen the car," Tiara Leann, a friend of Dominguez, said, according to WVTV.
Dominguez will be remembered as a loyal, supportive, and loving friend and mother, her friends said.
Anyone with information related to Dominguez’s shooting is urged to submit an anonymous online tip to Heartland Crime Stoppers or by calling 1-800-226-8477.
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