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2012 murder of pregnant Mattawa woman remains unsolved

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MATTAWA, Wash. -

Deputies refer to a 2012 murder of a pregnant mother as an "execution." Despite the fatal shooting happening in a busy apartment complex, it seems no one is talking.

Back in February of 2012, 28-year-old Esperanza Vicente Mestizo was gunned down as she unloaded groceries from her van in Mattawa. Esperanza  was almost eight months pregnant with a baby boy. He too was killed. She was the mother of three other young children as well.

"Out of the dark, we believe came a single subject that shot her dead right there in the parking lot," said Grant County Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald.

The killer has remained free for more than six years. Deputies say Esperanza had no gang ties and was not associated with criminal activity. They said her boyfriend was with her children inside the apartment at the time of the murder. They do not suspect this was a case of domestic violence. Investigators have worked tirelessly to solve this brutal murder, but are yet to even find a motive.

"It's very, very disturbing to us," Rectenwald said.

They are hopeful someone with information will do the right thing and come forward. If you can help catch her killer, please call (509) 754-2011. Tipsters can remain anonymous. 

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