UPDATE: Desert Hot Springs murder victim ID’d

UPDATED: Thursday, Nov. 12, 8 a.m., With coroner’s release of information and other details.

Originally Published: Monday, Nov. 9, 12:30 p.m.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Authorities say a Desert Hot Springs felon who was already on probation from a 2018 felony spousal abuse conviction fatally shot a woman he was involved in a relationship with Saturday evening, Nov. 7.

The couple had several children together, according to Desert Hot Springs Deputy Chief Steven Shaw, who said the suspect was violating a restraining order barring him from coming into contact with the victim at the time of the deadly shooting.

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Desert Hot Springs police officers were dispatched to the 66000 block of 8th Street around 7 p.m., where they found a woman with a single gunshot wound, according to Desert Hot Springs Deputy Chief Steven Shaw; who reported the victim succumbed to her gunshot wound and passed away at the scene.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials this morning identified 24-year-old, Amina Duro, as the woman killed in the shooting. A coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 7:34 p.m.

Authorities have charged 28-year-old, Jesse Rico Valenzuela, in the shooting death of 24-year-old, Amino Duro. Officials say the couple had several children together and that Duro had a protective order against Valenzuela, barring him from having any contact with her. DHSPD photo

Records indicate officers located the alleged gunman, Jesse Rico Valenzuela, 28, of Desert Hot Springs, the following day and he was arrested on Jackson Street in Indio.

Online jail records indicate Valenzuela was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He was also booked on misdemeanor charges of battery on a spouse or co-habitant as well as violating the court protective order intended to protect Amino.

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Valenzuela remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond and was scheduled to be arraigned at the Indio Larson Justice Center this morning.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Desert Hot Springs Police Department at (760) 329-2904. Callers can refer to incident file number 2011D-1978 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.

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