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Alleged gang member sought in killing of girlfriend in Long Beach

August 5, 2012 |  9:35 am

Long Beach police were searching Sunday for a 24-year-old reputed gang member suspected in the killing of the mother of his three children at the mobile home park where they lived.

Marcos Gustavo Zermeno is being sought in the shooting death of Eleonora Rivera Hidalgo, his 22-year-old live-in girlfriend. He is considered to be “armed and dangerous” by police, who believe he may try to flee to Mexico.

Officers arrived at the mobile home park, located in the 6400 block of Atlantic Avenue, at around 10:35 p.m. Saturday and found Hidalgo with a gunshot wound in her upper torso. Investigators believe she and Zermeno had been arguing inside a car prior to the shooting. After the gun was fired, witnesses found Hidalgo and saw Zermeno attempt to steal a car and then jump over a fence, police said.

Hidalgo was pronounced dead at a hospital. She leaves children she had with Zermeno ages 2, 6 and 7.

Zermeno has been described by police as a 5-foot-6, 170-pound Hispanic male with black hair, brown eyes with tattoos on his upper body. One on his right shoulder depicts a collage of skulls, while another on his right forearm says “Compton.”

A third tattoo, which can be found on his lower right neck, bears the word “Eleonora,” police said.

Investigators have asked anyone with tips on the suspect to call the Long Beach Police Communications Center at (562) 435-6711 or 911 for an immediate police response.  Police are instructing members of the public not to approach Zermeno or make any attempt to apprehend him.

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