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PD: Teen girl found dead inside vehicle near 35th and Southern avenues

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Posted at 7:58 AM, Jul 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-05 13:04:34-04

PHOENIX — Police say a teen girl was found dead inside a vehicle near 35th and Southern avenues early Saturday.

Officials say at about 5:30 a.m., Phoenix police officers responded to the area regarding a shooting.

The caller told authorities a woman was seated in a vehicle in the alley who appeared as if she had been shot.

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Officers arrived at the scene and found both the vehicle and the woman who had gunshot injuries.

Phoenix firefighters pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Police have identified the victim as 17-year-old Itzel Espinoza.

No other details were provided.

An investigation is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department or Silent witness at 480-WITNESS.