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Teens identified in Coachella shooting, investigators ask for public’s help

16-year-old Brandon Anguiano and 17-year-old Jestine Carrillo were sitting in a vehicle when they were ambushed and shot to death

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COACHELLA, CA. – Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for information leading to the capture of the gunmen who shot and killed a teen-aged couple sitting in a vehicle near the Tlaquepaque apartment complex last Wednesday.

Identified by family members, 16-year-old Brandon Anguiano and 17-year-old Jestine Carrillo were sitting in a vehicle when they were ambushed and shot to death.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department said that deputies from the Thermal Station responded to the 86000 block of Calle Geranio in Coachella to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Brandon Anguiano and Jestine Carrill (Family photo)

When deputies arrived, they found a 16-year old male and a 17-year old female, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Deputies attempted life saving measures but the victims succumbed to their injuries.

The suspects had fled the area prior to deputies arrival and are currently outstanding. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Thermal Station responded to assume the investigation.

Family members said Carrillo was a recent graduate of Coachella Valley High School and Anguiano had a big impact on the local boxing scene. The couple had been together for over a year, according to the family.

Nataly Medina, Anguiano sister wrote on the GoFundMe she set up to help defray funeral expenses:

“[…] On the night of July 20, 2022 my brother Brandon Anguiano and Jestine Carrillo, his girlfriend were victims of a terrible gun violence. My family and I are asking for help to fund their funeral expenses. Never would I have ever imagined I would be creating a go fund me for my little brother’s funeral expenses. Brandon was such a talented and kind-hearted boy. A boy in which his whole life was ahead of him, such like Jestine’s and they were deprived from it. Brandon was loved by so many.

At such a young age he impacted the boxing industry. Not only was he seen as a role model by younger kids but also older ones. The dedication and love he put into that sport showed. He was one of the very best at it, and the speed that little boy had was just impressive. I know for sure he would’ve been champion like he always dreamed of.

Thank You all for the support and generosity. Anything is appreciated in these tough times.”

The family’s goal is to raise $20,000.

This is an active investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Juarez of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Glasper of the Thermal Station at (760) 863-8990.

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Anti-LGBTQ Temecula Councilmember proposes abortion ban

Alexander has repeatedly railed against LGBTQ+ rights, abortion choice, and during the coronavirus pandemic labeled it the ‘China Virus’

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TEMECULA, Ca. – A City Councilmember who opposed a June 2022 Pride month proclamation and has derided LGBTQ+ people as pedophiles and “groomers” introduced a resolution this week to attempt to ban abortions in the city during the Tuesday city council meeting.

“I know there are some who would question whether protecting our unborn is a state matter or a city issue,” said city councilperson Jessica Alexander. “This is our city, and what happens in our city is our responsibility.”

She is sponsoring a resolution that would make Temecula a “sanctuary for the unborn.”

“Are we willing to stand up and fight for every resident including the unborn babies who are voiceless? Let us be the first city in California to make a stand. Let’s mark our city as a sanctuary city for Temecula’s unborn.”

“I implore you to vote to advance this discussion in order to create a resolution to be a sanctuary city for protecting Temecula’s unborn,” Alexander told council members. “Let Temecula be known as a safe haven, not as an abortion sanctuary. Let the world know that Temecula stands for life from womb to tomb.”

Alexander’s proposal would run up against California law which provides for women’s reproductive rights.

The Press-Enterprise reported in her remarks on the dais, Alexander opposed Assembly Bill 1666 — which protects out-of-state abortion seekers from laws in other states that punish them for seeking abortion care beyond state lines, turning California into a “sanctuary state.” The bill was signed into law in June by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has vowed repeatedly to protect abortion rights in California.

Alexander also opposed the pending Assembly Bill 2223, the “infanticide bill” that would disallow investigations into causes of death for lost pregnancies and newborns in the state.

“Just because something is a law, does not make it right,” Alexander told her council colleagues. “I know there are some who would question whether protecting our unborn is a state matter, or a city issue. This is our city, and what happens in our city is our responsibility. A precedent has already been set here on our dais to take back local control.”

The Press-Enterprise also noted that during the meeting, many pro-life speakers voiced concerns, including volunteers at Temecula’s Birth Choice Center — where Alexander is the center director, according to the city’s website.

The Birth Choice non-profit organization, which has locations in Temecula, Hemet and Palm Desert, serves pregnant women and urges mothers to avoid abortion.

Alexander has repeatedly railed against LGBTQ+ rights, abortion choice, and took a hard line during the coronavirus pandemic labeling it the ‘China Virus’ a term coined by former president Trump as well as defying COVID-19 restrictions by refusing to wear a mask comparing her refusal as contextually the same as civil rights icon Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat on a bus which touched off a movement for Black Americans.

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Riverside Calif. Pride Festival disrupted by far-right extremists

The festival drew opposition from some people in the Inland area on social media last week and protests, which included some heated exchanges

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Anti-LGBTQ+ extremist Chris Reyes being arrested in Riverside, Calif (Screenshot/YouTube N2S)

RIVERSIDE, Ca. – Riverside’s Inland Empire Pride festival, which was held at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium on Sunday, September 4, was disrupted outside its entrance by local far-right anti-LGBTQ+ individuals led by local anti-LGBTQ+ extremist Chris Reyes, who was bloodied and maced during the fight and arrested by local police when it ended.

The News to Share (N2S), YouTube channel released a video shot by N2S Contributor Jake Lee Green that detailed Sunday’s violence:

Local media outlet The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that the event was the first LGBTQ+ local event since 2009. The festival lasted most of the day at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. It was organized by Riverside LGBTQ+ Pride.

Word of plans to hold the festival drew opposition from some people in the Inland area on social media last week and protests, which included some heated exchanges leading to fights and at least one arrest.

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