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Pregnant Woman Killed in Drive-By Shooting

September 12, 2000

LONG BEACH — A pregnant woman and her unborn baby were killed in a drive-by shooting late Sunday night, police said. Two men who were walking with her were wounded in the legs.

Sherry Canales, 19, of Bellflower and two male friends were strolling together on Gaviota Avenue near Anaheim Street when they were fired upon from a passing car, said Officer Jana Blair, a Long Beach police spokeswoman.

Authorities said the men, Juan Baltazar, 19, and Joel Herrera, 22, both of Long Beach, had minor injuries.

A passer-by drove Canales to St. Mary Medical Center where she and the fetus were pronounced dead, Blair said. Canales was in the early stages of pregnancy, police said.

Investigators suspect the shooting may be gang-related. Any one with information about the slaying can call Long Beach homicide detectives at (562) 570-7244.

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