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Family devastated by death of Bloomington man in Fontana shooting

By in Press Enterprise on August 29, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

Maria Hernandez was on her way to drop off her son at school Friday morning when she noticed police activity near a Fontana intersection.

“I wanted to go see, but my son said no because he would be late for school,” she recalled.

She learned hours later the Fontana police detectives were investigating the fatal shooting of her younger brother, Miguel Angel Hernandez, 21, of Bloomington.

When a cousin called telling her to get to the house immediately, she was met by a detective who told her the news.

“I was quiet for a moment, analyzing, and then it hit me,” she said.

It was hard to process, she said, because their family had just celebrated his 21st birthday Aug. 4.

Miguel Angel Hernandez of Bloomington loved to eat tacos, his family remembers fondly. He was found dead of gunshot wound early on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Fontana. (Photo courtesy of Maria Hernandez)

Police say Miguel Hernandez was found dead about 6:30 a.m. Friday in the 9400 block of Juniper Avenue. It’s unclear how long he may have been lying on the ground before he was discovered.

In a news release issued later Friday morning, police said it was not immediately known whether the shooting was a homicide or a suicide. Officials did not return messages Monday seeking an update on the investigation.

According to Maria Hernandez, Miguel’s car had broken down after he dropped off his girlfriend at work. She said several family members including her grandmother and herself live in the area, and the family believes he may have been walking to one of their homes and was shot.

“We don’t know to whose house he was heading to after passing by my grandma’s, plus he didn’t have a phone and no choice other than take that dangerous risk of walking,” he said.

The Hernandez family was […]    

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