A photo of victim Monica Jenniches at a memorial at the site of the homicide at Ross Valencia Community Park. Photo by Alex Medina.

A woman was shot and killed during an argument Saturday afternoon at a Boyle Heights park.

Police said they responded to the Ross Valencia Community Park by First and Chicago at around 2:08 pm, following reports of gunfire in the area. The park is across the street from the Hollenbeck Police station in Boyle Heights

According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the suspect, a female Hispanic, was engaged in an argument with the victim at the time of the incident.

The suspect then took out a handgun and shot the victim before fleeing on foot. First responders on the scene pronounced the victim deceased at the scene, the spokesperson said.

Police originally identified the victim as a Black woman. On Monday, friends and relatives of the victim identified her as 56-year-old Monica Jenniches, a Hispanic female. The LA Coroner’s Office confirmed the victim’s name and ethnicity.

No additional information on the suspect was available, but police do not believe the shooting was gang-related. This is the 18th homicide reported in Boyle Heights in 2023.

This article was updated Monday to add additional details about the victim.

Alex Medina is a graduate of Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School and 2018 alumnus of the Boyle Heights Beat. He is a recent graduate of Hamilton College in Central New York where he majored in Hispanic...

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    1. I’m so sorry for ur lose. Monica was a friend of mine who I meet through a very good friend. I luved her so much. She always had me laughing none stop. All good memories. I would like to know if they’ll be any kind of gofundme page or any events to raise money??? Can u plz let me know when the services will be so I could pay my respects. Thank u.

  1. Does she go by the name Chata…
    If so.I know who she was ..
    Beautiful soul.God Bless the family..
    May she RIP..

  2. It’s Sad how police don’t do nothing in this area. I live in the building that this happened and many other crimes in the past 3 yrs since I been living near this park. Several deaths in the park plus where this victim died this past weekend several ppl have died in the same place next to the tree that we the residents call the tree of death. What’s going to take the police to take out these homeless vicious people living in the park area and all these corrupted businesses near the park. Honestly isn’t safe living here. My condolences to the family from Ms Monica. I knew her very little but she didn’t deserve this because to me she was kind and very helpful.

  3. Im extremely sorry for your loss. What a damn coward to have done this. Hope they pay for this act of cowardness. Over an argument at that. RIP

  4. So sad to hear about how she was killed, she was a tenant where I was property manager, that’s why I moved far away, to leave all this madness, praying they catch the one that did this, God will deal with her, also praying for Monica’s family

  5. Rip my love ❤️ I know how had it has been for me to believe this but just know I still love you and will miss you so much and may God bring the killer down for cutting our plan of being together short and your soul shall Rest In Peace amen 🙏

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