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Statement from Senate Deputy Leader Gianaris on Shooting Death of Gudelia Vallinas

ASTORIA – New York State Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris issued the following statement on March 15 about the weekend shooting death of Gudelia Vallinas. 

“My heart aches for the family of Gudelia Vallinas. She was a mother, an immigrant, and a beloved member of our community. Her death at the hands of needless gun violence is a shocking indicator that still more must be done to address the scourge of gun violence, and it must be done in a way that centers on community members. I am committed to working with policymakers, violence interrupters, and our neighbors to prevent any more tragedies like this.”

The 37-year-old wife and mother of two young children was caught in the crossfire between armed young men shooting at each other near 48th Street and Broadway in Astoria on March 12 around 8 PM, CBS2 New York reported, adding that “Vallinas was just steps from her home when a bullet struck her in the head.”

Police said that “she was not the intended target,” CBS2 reported.

Family members told CBS2 that “Vallinas cleaned houses for a living and was dedicated to her family and her church,” and “it is likely she will be buried back in her native Mexico.”

Captain Christopher Giambrone, Commanding Officer of the NYPD Housing Bureau’s Police Service Area 9, posted on Twitter: “A heartbreaking and senseless tragedy occurred last night as an apparent altercation at the Woodside Houses spilled out onto the street resulting in shots being fired two blocks from the development. An uninvolved woman was struck and killed – a tragic loss for our community.”

Captain Giambrone continued: “Words can’t express how deeply I feel this loss for her friends and family. We need your help. Her family needs your help. If you have any information that will help please call the 114 Precinct Detective Squad at 718-626-9334 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.”

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