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Gang member convicted in fatal shooting of Escondido woman leaving church

Posted: 3:37 PM, Oct 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-27 13:46:55Z
Gang member convicted in 2017 fatal shooting
Gang member convicted in 2017 fatal shooting
Gang member convicted in 2017 fatal shooting
Gang member convicted in 2017 fatal shooting

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a documented Escondido gang member accused of killing a passing motorist while attempting to shoot rival gang members.

Dionicio Torrez Jr., 25, was charged with murder in connection with the death of 55-year-old Catherine Kennedy.

Friday, jurors found Torrez Jr. guilty of first-degree murder with a special-circumstance gang allegation, attempted murder, and shooting at an occupied vehicle. He will be sentenced on Dec. 20.

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Kennedy was found on March 7, 2017, on Grand Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, her vehicle crashed into a parked car.

Investigators say Torrez Jr. was chasing after two rival gang members who had been tagging in a nearby apartment complex where he lived. As the two men ran to a car across the street, Torrez Jr. allegedly opened fire.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested in the case and charged in Juvenile Court.