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Fresno County detectives need the public's help in solving four separate teen shooting deaths, including a 14-year-old girl in Orange Cove. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Nothing frustrates detectives more than when leads are in short supply or dry up completely.

That’s the situation Fresno County homicide investigators face in the shooting deaths of four teenagers this year — two in Orange Cove and two in Parlier.

“No arrests have been made in these cases, so help from the public is desperately needed,” Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti wrote in a message to the media on Wednesday.

Girl, 14, Shot to Death in Orange Cove

The latest case is the killing of 14-year-old Araceli Gutierrez at about 3 .am. Wednesday near an apartment complex in the 500 block of 8th Street in Orange Cove. The girl’s 19-year-old boyfriend was also shot and is in serious condition, but is expected to survive.

“The preliminary investigation shows a single person confronted the young man and teenage girl as they stood near the street,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “The suspect fired multiple shots and then fled the area.”

Anyone with information that might help identify the shooter is asked to call homicide detective Jesse Gloria at (559) 600-8217.

Anonymous tipsters can also contact Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or at this link. Those providing information may be eligible for a cash reward.

Do You Have Information on These Other Cases?

Here are links to the three other 2022 teen homicides being investigated by the sheriff’s office:

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email