Moreno Valley shooting leaves one dead

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Although few details have been released, Riverside County Sheriff’s officials this morning confirmed they are conducting a murder investigation after a man was fatally shot in Moreno Valley early this morning, Saturday, Oct. 31. The fatal shooting happened in the 21000 Block of Dracaea Ave., according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene around 1:35 a.m., after receiving reports of shots fired in the area, Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza reported this morning.

When officials arrived at the scene they found the lifeless body of a man who had already succumbed to at least one gunshot injury.

The victim has been identified as Daniel Michael Murua, 21, of Moreno Valley.

Deputies work at the scene of a deadly shooting in Moreno Valley early this morning. OC Hawk photo

Members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene with a mobile command center and assumed the investigation.

Officials have not yet said if there was a known motive for the shooting or what may have led to the fatal incident.

“This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available,” said Espinoza.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Munoz at (951) 235-9833 or (760) 770-2452. Callers can refer to incident file number MV203050028 and can remain anonymous.

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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.