UPDATE: Victim, 17, ID’d after deadly Moreno Valley shooting

UPDATED: Saturday, Jan 30, 11:13 a.m., With coroner’s release of information.

Originally published Jan. 29, 1:11 p.m.: Few details, many questions, after Moreno Valley murder

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities are continuing to investigate the murder of a teen who was found fatally shot inside a vehicle in Moreno Valley Wednesday evening, Jan. 27. The discovery was made in the area of Lasselle Street and Avenida Classica, according to officials.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Station were dispatched to the scene around 9:30 p.m., after receiving reports of an unresponsive male in a vehicle, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza has since reported.

Responding deputies found a vehicle straddling the center median of the roadway near the intersection and located the victim inside the car.

“Upon arrival, the deputies discovered a male suffering from a gunshot wound and deceased,” said Espinoza.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Markese Benny Holland, a 17-year-old San Bernardino resident, as the victim found deceased in the car.

The Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Mendoza at (760) 393-3526 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV210270303 and can remain anonymous.

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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network.

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.