Authorities confirmed on Friday that 17-year-old Yzabella Perez, who was shot in Yucaipa over the weekend, had passed away.
Yzabella Perez ought to be preparing for her prom at her high school. That is why we live in Yucaipa, so that incidents like this don’t occur,” said Perez’s distraught father, who declined to be named. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
His daughter, 17, was shot while riding in a car with her boyfriend on Saturday, April 29, and suffered injuries that led to her death on Wednesday. “Yzabella was a beautiful daughter with her whole life ahead of her,” said her father. She recently completed the final two weeks of high school.
This year, she made the decision to walk. Her prom dress was her main focus at the time. A gunshot was fired that evening at 11:28 p.m. in the 34000 block of Princeton Drive. Outside of Perez’s home, Perez and her 18-year-old boyfriend were sitting in a parked car when the suspect or suspects arrived and opened fire.
The suspect(s) eluded capture and are still at large. “At this time, we don’t know a lot about the suspect… According to Gloria Huerta, a representative for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the inquiry is still underway.
Although there is no known motivation for the shooting, homicide investigators believe the incident to be singular.
“The detectives are looking for a dark colored 4-door vehicle that may have been involved,” Huerta said. At Yucaipa High School, Perez was a senior getting ready for prom and graduation later this month. Her family is now pleading with the public for help in finding her attacker.
Please get in touch with me privately. There is no logic about this. “There is nothing they could have done in this life to deserve that kind of reaction,” the victim’s father said.
“They were children.” Her 18-year-old boyfriend, with whom Perez had been dating for about a year, was treated for his injuries in the hospital and is now recovering at home. The father of Perez had a message for the assassin of his daughter.
Regardless of what you did, you killed an innocent person. You snatched something that was irretrievably lost. It can’t be fixed anymore. Look deeply within your soul and acknowledge that you are to blame.
Daniel Shelton, the detective assigned to the Yucaipa Station, can be reached at (909) 918-2305 if you have any information about this incident.