Second murder in one month rocks Moreno Valley street

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities are investigating another murder that occurred on the 22900 block of Allies Pl. near Courage St., northwest of Alessandro Blvd. and Fredrick St., late Tuesday evening, Oct. 7.

The deadly incident left a man dead; and was the second murder to occur on the same street after a deadly shooting that occurred exactly one month earlier, on Sept. 7.

Last September’s shooting stole the life of Daniel Gonzalez, 22, of Moreno Valley – described at the time by officials as an “up and coming Super Featherweight boxing prospect, who recently made his Mayweather Promotions debut.” Two teens were also injured in the shooting and both were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Three men have since been arrested and charged in Gonzalez’ September murder.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the residential neighborhood at 10:55 p.m., after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll has since reported.

When deputies arrived at the scene they found a man suffering from unspecified, life-threatening injuries.

“Deputies rendered medical aid until emergency medical personnel arrived,” said Carroll. “Unfortunately, the male victim died at the location due to the injuries.”

The victim has since been identified as Deshaun Jefferson, 42, of Perris.

“The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to deputies arrival,” said Carroll; who did not say if there was believed to be any connection between this murder and last month’s killing of Gonzalez.

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Investigators from the Moreno Valley Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing, according to Carroll, who said, “No additional details are currently available.”

Anyone with information or video regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Stoyer at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV202800416 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline form.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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