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Neighbors Concerned After Sunnsyside Murder

SUNNYSIDE, Wash - As the search continues for alledged murderer, 26 year old Eric Flores, People in Sunnyside who live near the murder scene are nervous this could happen again.

Twenty six year old Veronica Ayala was shot in the head in front of Troy Apartments early Sunday morning. Neighbors on South 6th Street say they have seen crime in this area before, but the murder makes them concerned.

"I have an uneasy feeling about it to know this happened right across the street," says Becky, who lives near Troy Apartments.

Becky, her husband and their two kids have lived in their house for five years.  They have almost left their home, but decided to team up with neighbors to cope with the crime in the community.

"We considered moving but we thought it was the right idea to be proactive and start speaking to people around the area," explained Becky.

Daniel Peterson was shocked to know Ayala was found shot close to his work.

"I was a little surprised to wake up this morning and read the morning paper and realize it was right across the street from my office," says Peterson, who has a law office on South 6th Street.

He says this is the first violent crime he has seen on his street.

"I'm concerned, very concerned, I don't know anything about the shooting, but theres a lot of gang activity around here, I think we have all been tagged many times," explained Peterson.

Sunnyside Police detectives say they will continue to follow leads on the case.  They beleive the shooter, Eric Flores is still in the lower valley.  Flores was last seen wearing a white shirt and brown shorts.  He is hispanic, 5'6", 125 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.  He is considered armed.  You are asked to call the Sunnyside Police Department at 836-6211 with more information.

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