Record-breaking 2017 homicide toll rises
The number of deaths by homicide in 2017 has risen by one, after Anchorage police confirm Juanita Lolesio died Monday.
The 19-year-old was hospitalized after she was shot on December 30.
Police found multiple shell casings in their response to a report of shots fired near the 100 block of Oklahoma Street.
“At 3:13 a.m., an adult female arrived at a local hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds,” police wrote in an initial report. “Multiple witnesses were with the female and were questioned by APD.”
Photos found on a Facebook page in Lolesio's name identify her as a former Bartlett High cheerleader who graduated in 2016.
Friends and family posting online describe her as a beautiful young girl taken too soon.
Her death brings 2017's recording-breaking homicide toll in Anchorage from 35 to 36.
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