Victim: Esperanza Vicentè-Mestizo and her unborn child
Cause of Death: Gunshot wounds
Location: 500 Block of Third Place, Mattawa
Around 11 pm on Saturday February 11, 2012, Esperanza Vicentè-Mestizo was unloading groceries from her minivan at her apartment in the 500 block of Third Place in Mattawa. A man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt walked up to her and shot her several times with a handgun. The man then ran away on foot.
Esperanza, 7.5 months pregnant and the mother of three children under age 12, died along with her unborn child.
There is no obvious connection to gang or drug activity. All leads thus far have been followed and have not led to a suspect or motive.
Anyone with information should call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 or email Crime Tips. Specify case number 12GS01534. Tipsters can remain anonymous.