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Family says murder victim targeted; gunned down inside home

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Metro Homicide continues to investigate double shooting that left one man dead and his girlfriend critically injured.



19-year-old Alejandro Tinoco died in the hospital Thursday night, about 24 hours after he was gunned down inside of his home at the corner at the Vassar and Adams on the West side of South Bend.



“I just miss him,” Luis Tinoco said of his little brother, “He was a good boy, he never did nothing to nobody.”



Luis said his brother was always well liked; he had no idea who shot Tinoco but believes the 19-year-old was targeted.



“Some guy come and knock on the door and he said he was looking for Alejandro,” Luis said when his brother opened up and saw who he was, he tried to slam the door shut but the man fought back.


According to Luis, the gunman pushed open the door and pulled the trigger.


“For somebody to just come and shoot him, I don’t think that’s right,” Luis said.



The gunman then entered the home and shot Tinoco’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Jazmin Conlee. The Clay High School student is still in the hospital in critical condition.



Luis said there was someone else inside the home, a third person who saw the shooter but did not get shot.


“He said that he saw the guy, but he don’t know that guy,” Luis said. “He never saw that guy around.”



The witness told Luis he did not recognize the shooter but would be able to pick him out of a line up.


Police have not released a description of the of the gunman and as of Friday evening, detectives said they did not have a person of interest or any suspects.

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