Woman, Age 19, Shot and Killed on Front Porch on Benton St Near 4th St, Aurora; Victim Not Intended Target of Shooter

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Community members in Aurora gathered Saturday evening to honor Maritza Cazares, age 19, who died in a shooting Friday night, and is not believed to be the intended target of the shooting, according Aurora police.

Aurora police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:20 p.m. Friday July 26, 2019 to a report of a shooting in the block of 400 of East Benton Street near 4th Street, about three blocks east of Aurora City Hall.

Aurora police discovered a 19 year-old woman was shot and that the scene was secure. Aurora firefighter/paramedics transported the woman to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police later identified the female victim as 19-year-old Maritza Cazares of Aurora, and began a homicide investigation.

According Paris Lewbel, an Aurora Police Department spokesperson, the shooting is not believed to be a random shooting, but the female victim is not considered the intended target at this point in the investigation.

A cross was placed on the front porch of the home, where she was killed.

Aurora police urge anyone with information about the shooting to call the Aurora Police Department at 630-256-5500, or leave an anonymous tip with Aurora Area Crime Stopper at 630-892-1000.

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