Woman found unconscious in Lemon Grove, suffering from multiple injuries to the face dies

Victim identified as Jennifer Rene Krajnak

LEMON GROVE, Calif. - Two sheriff's deputies on patrol discovered a dying woman on a Lemon Grove street early Thursday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The deputies were driving in the 7600 block of Pacific Avenue near Olive Street at about 2 a.m. when they found the injured woman, sheriff's officials said. She was located between parked cars, according to authorities.

Sheriff's officials confirmed a shell casing was found at the scene, but it remains unknown if it is related to the incident.

Sheriff's officials said the woman, identified as 30-year-old Jennifer Rene Krajnak, suffered injuries to her head. She was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where she died shortly upon arrival.

Lt. Glenn Giannantonio of the sheriff's homicide unit told 10News, "She did have trauma to her head; we don't know exactly what kind or what the cause of death was. The autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) morning and that'll be the time we find that out from the medical examiner."

Giannantonio said there's no question it wasn't a car accident, adding, "We're confident this was a homicide."

Pacific Avenue from Buena Vista Ave to Main Street was shut down due to the investigation.

Krajnak's mother came to the crime scene, along with two young men identified as her brothers.

"They were obviously very upset," Giannantonio said.

Other neighbors were stunned by the news and upset as well.

Krajnak, who just turned 30, is a graduate of Helix High School and lived in an El Cajon apartment complex until recently.

"I just can't believe it, she just moved out a couple of weeks ago," a close friend.

The friend, who lived across the way from Krajnak, added, "It's a big, big, big tragedy; I just can't believe it. I'm in shock, I can't believe this. I literally can't believe it … she did not deserve that at all."

Friend Nancy Garrison said, "She's a really beautiful girl … My daughter and her would spend the summer at the pool. I can't believe it's her."

Krajnak recently moved out of the El Cajon apartment, but stayed in touch with her neighbor.

"We just texted for New Year's. She's like, 'Hey, I wish you guys Happy New Year,'" said the friend.


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