Police Search For 'Jealous' Boyfriend Of Fatally Shot PCC Student
Authorities are searching for the boyfriend of a 19-year-old victim who was fatally shot in Pasadena on Sunday.
The Pasadena Police Department received reports of gunshots fired around 8:48 a.m. on the 1500 block of North Raymond Ave., according to KTLA. Friends and family members identified the victim as Irais Acosta, a Pasadena City College Student who was pronounced dead at the scene inside her boyfriend's home.
Jonjon Crummie, 18, is a person of interest in the case who witnesses said fled from the scene after the shooting, KABC reported. Friends and family identified Crummie as the victim's boyfriend.
People close to Acosta described Crummie as a jealous boyfriend. "My family says that he was very jealous," Angel Olvera-Lopez, the victim’s cousin, told KTLA. "She would only hang out with him. No time for friends."
Louie, a friend of Acosta, told KTLA that Crummie was an "insecure boyfriend who made her delete her Facebook, her Instagram, everything."
Neighbor William Hernandez said Crummie lived at the home with his teenage brother, according to Pasadena Star News. Police were seen questioning a teenage boy at the scene.
Acosta's parents told NBC Los Angeles they had just spoken to her on the phone less than an hour before the shooting to make plans to go to church.
Friends said Acosta was studying at Pasadena City College and had hopes to become a registered nurse. "She was just getting her life on track and beginning to, you know, actually focus on what her priorities and her goals, and now it's just gone down the drain," Acosta's friend told KABC.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.
UPDATE 2/18, 8:25 a.m.: Authorities arrested Crummie around 4 p.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the Pasadena Police Department. His mother, Yvonne Lomeli, helped facilitate the surrender and had taken her son to the L.A. County Medical Center where the L.A. County Sheriffs took him into custody.
Lomeli took her son to the psych ward after he became suicidal over his girlfriend's death, reported KTLA. She said he must've "snapped," and the gun he had in possession was a weapon he borrowed so he could protect himself from gangs in the area trying to chase him down.
“He says … he don’t remember anything,” Lomeli told KTLA. “He says, ‘I was sitting down talking to her … and the next thing you know, I just remember yelling and, when I looked, she was already dead.’"
There is a GoFundMe account set up for Acosta so her family can pay for her funeral services. You can donate here.
UPDATE 2/17, 3:10 p.m.: The Pasadena Police Department released a description of Crummie in a statement today. He is a black male who is 5-feet-11-inches tall and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants, a black hoodie and black shoes. Crummie is described as armed and dangerous.