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$11,000 reward offered in mysterious Woodbridge store clerk murder

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The father of a slain grocery store clerk has come forward to ask people to help solve the mysterious murder, which happened last week in Woodbridge, Va. The reward for helpful information in the case has gotten a lot larger.

The shootings that took place in the Platanillos grocery and jewelry store on Friday night of February 21 were mysterious to the point of weirdness. Just before 9 p.m., three men dressed in dark clothing came into the store, and within seconds, opened fire on two female clerks. The men then left immediately.

21-year-old Glenda Marisol Coca-Romero was killed. A 42-year-old woman, her roommate, was seriously wounded. Investigators have now revealed that surviving witnesses have told them the assailants did say something upon entry, but whatever they said was not understood by anyone in the store. The whole incident lasted nine seconds.

The murdered woman is survived by her ten-month-old daughter Brittni, and by her Salvadoran father, who through a police translator, talked about his late daughter.

Irene Coca told reporters his daughter was friendly and humble. She worked, he said, and did not party. The victim’s father urged community members to call police if they have any information about the shootings.

Federal FBI money has boosted the reward for helpful tips from $1,000 to $11,000.

No property and no money were taken during the violent incident. Although some tips have come in, police concede they don’t know what to make of the shootings.

Major Steve Thompson, who heads the Criminal Investigation Division of the Prince William County Police Department, said the crime “doesn’t make sense. It makes no sense at all.”

Investigators also disclosed the wounded clerk, the 42-year-old woman, is recovering and is expected to survive.

Police are hoping the $11,000 reward leads to new tips, and they stress tipsters who are fearful do not have to leave a name. Investigators say they just want the information. If that information closes the case, they say they will find a way to get the reward to the tipster.

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