Second victim of San Jacinto homicide identified as Hemet man
By Gail Wesson
The second victim in an apparent double shooting last week in San Jacinto has been identified as a 22-year-old Hemet resident.
Patrick Powell Jr. was pronounced dead at 12:47 p.m. Jan. 3 at Riverside University Health Systems Medical Center, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
Lauren Lopez, 19, of San Jacinto was killed in a double homicide Jan. 3, 2018, in San Jacinto. (Courtesy of Veronica Valenzuela)
He was a passenger in a car driven by Lauren Lopez, 19, of San Jacinto, who was pronounced dead at the same time at the hospital. The coroner also officially released her name Monday, but her family had identified her publicly last week.
The time of injury for both is listed as “unknown.”
Participants at a memorial gathering to honor the victims Saturday pleaded with anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information to contact Riverside County sheriff’s investigators. The homicide unit can be reached at 760-393-3527.
Lopez and Powell were in a vehicle that was found just before noon Jan. 3 in a ditch on the north side of Ramona Expressway, at an intersection where Warren Road to the south turns into a private access road for Rancho Casa Loma to the north.
Images from the scene of the shooting show a small Chevrolet hatchback with its back window shattered by what appear to be multiple bullet holes.
Lopez’s family has said she was a Mt. San Jacinto College student worked three jobs and was interested in developing skills in mixed martial arts. They said Powell was a friend.