Fatally shot in Riverside river bottom, Rubidoux victim ID’d

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a man whose body was discovered in the river bottom area underneath the Mission Inn Avenue bridge afternoon, Tuesday, October 27.


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City of Riverside PD officers were dispatched to the area around 1:30 p.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting a dead body.

When officers arrived they were directed to the Santa Ana River bottom area under the Mission Inn Avenue bridge, where they found a man’s lifeless body.

Officers noted the man appeared to have died from multiple apparent gunshot wounds and notified detectives from the department’s Robbery – Homicide Unit, who ultimately assumed the murder investigation. They were assisted by specialists from the department’s Forensics Unit as well as the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

The victim has since been identified as Junior Nazario Herappe, 35, of Rubidoux.


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Officials have not specified if there was any known motive for the deadly shooting or what may have led to the fatal encounter; and have said, “This homicide investigation is still ongoing and there are no further details to release at this time.”

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Adrian Tillett at (951) 353-7105 or atillett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Dave Riedeman at (951) 353-7104 or by email.

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.