Local man, 21, ID’d after deadly Moreno Valley shooting

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say no arrests have been made after a local man was gunned down in the area of Frederick Street, north of Alessandro Boulevard in Moreno Valley Thursday, April 28. 


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the scene around midnight after receiving the report of a shooting in the area, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Ben Ramirez has since reported.

Deputies are seen discussing a shooting that killed a Moreno Valley man last Thursday. Johnny Lopez / Lone Wolf News and Media photo

“Deputies arrived within seconds and located a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds,” explained Ramirez, adding that the victim succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.

Deputies secured the area as a crime scene and investigators from the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

The victim has since been identified as Rafael Deluna, a 21-year-old resident of Moreno Valley.

The investigation is currently ongoing and no further information has been released

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Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Investigator Jones with the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Fazio at the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number MV221180001 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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 and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.