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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:00 am

Second teen slain this year; police seek witnesses

A 17-year-old Beloit girl died Monday night after being shot near her East Side home, police said.

This is the city’s third homicide this year, and the second of a teenager.

Beloit police were called to the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue at about 9:36 p.m. after receiving a ShotSpotter alert and calls to the 911 center, police said.

Officers found Gina B. Zamora, of the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, wounded. Beloit Fire Department paramedics treated her for life-threatening injuries and transported her to the Beloit Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, where she died, police said.

“It’s a tragedy, no doubt,” Capt. William Tyler said. “It makes you sick to your stomach.”

Acting Police Chief Norm Jacobs agreed.

“We need the community living with Gina to help by telling the police all of the circumstances that led up to her murder,” Jacobs said. “This tragedy did not begin last evening in the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue. We believe Gina’s life deserves these answers from the community.”

Police contacted the School District of Beloit since the shooting involved a school-age teen. Zamora had not been attending school for some time, Tyler said.

The Rock County Coroner’s Office was notified and is assisting with the investigation. A forensic autopsy is scheduled for today in Madison. Tyler said it will officially confirm what police already know: that Zamora was killed by at least one gunshot to her upper torso.

Preliminary investigation shows an unknown number of people fired shots toward Zamora’s home, police said. She was struck outside the residence.

Other people in and around the house were not injured, police said.

“We believe there was at least a handful of people who were there at the time,” Tyler said, noting officers were able to speak to some witnesses. “We’re not sure if everybody gave us all the story.”

Authorities have not identified a motive behind the crime.

Investigators and evidence technicians stayed at the crime scene until about 5 a.m. today, Tyler said. He would not say in detail what they collected, just that it was shooting-related evidence like casings.

“Police will look into all angles of this murder,” Jacobs said. “It is likely that suspects in this case will have some type of criminal background, and some names will be familiar to police. It’s probable that some type of claimed gang affiliation by a suspect will come to light.”

This is the third time this year a teen has been caught in gunfire. Joseph Debuque, 18, was killed Feb. 8 near the intersection of Sixth Street and Olympian Boulevard. No arrests have been made for his death, but Angel Servin, 20, of the Town of Beloit, was arrested in May in connection to the case. He is charged with intimidating a witness. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday for a calendar call.

On July 18, Specialtume Monique Davidson, then 17, was shot near the intersection of Porter Avenue and Switchtrack Alley. Tyler said she is recovering from her wounds and is fortunate under the circumstances.

There are no leads in either case that Tyler would release this morning.

David Deangelo Davis, 30, was the city’s other homicide victim this year. He was killed June 28 in what police believe to be a shooting on the city’s West Side.

People with information on Monday’s homicide should contact the police at 608-364-6801 or the Greater Beloit Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7461.

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  • L811 posted at 4:36 pm on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

    L811 Posts: 0

    Stop blaming the police and start going after the people who need to be blamed. THE GANG MEMBERS! C'Mon Beloit! How much longer are we going to let this go on?

  • libby2 posted at 7:47 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

    libby2 Posts: 0

    Enuf amen to you. Miller do you even have a clue as to how it is to work in the emergengy room? What about to be a police or fire person? Since you do not ,how about you shut your trap!!! You make yourself look stupid. First of all, the poor girl was shot in the upper chest area. So where do you think the bullet would of went? Hum lets see you have the lungs, the heart all vital for life. Yes you can live with out a lung, but not without a heart. If the heart was damaged, and I pretty sure it was what do you expect would happened? What we need as a city is to put the blame where it sould go. How about on the moron that shot her on her porch while she should of been safe reading her book. We have 3 unsolved murders, and 1 unsolved shooting in Beloit. The police can on do what they do with the info they get. I think that yes there are people that know what happened in all these cases that will not come forward. Maybe these people are scared of what will happen if they do. The sad facts are these... we live in a time when some people think it is ok to shoot others. Remember this Guns do not kill people, people kill people. For this family I am really sorry that you as a parent have lost your child. For the others again I am sorry that you have lost your children too. To me it is really sad that as the city of Beloit some would still play the race card. Really we are a city of many different colors of people. All one has to do is go to any school and see. Go to any fire, police, or the hospital and see for yourself. You wanna know what you are gonna find? That all races work these jobs, and yes they all work together to get the job done. To say it is a color thing is the wrong answer. It is 2009 almost 2010 how about this... Color has nothing to do with anything, except the skin on the outside. I for one am very thankfull for our police, fire and hospital staff. These fine people have a very hard job to do. They go to work not knowing what that day or night has in store for them. They see the worst and give it all they have. If you think that having a child die in front of them does not affet them, then you are sadly mistaken. I once heard someone say that you can not save everybody. The people that work these jobs try each and every time to do just that. And yes some are not to be saved, but I pray that God is watching and helping these people doing their hard jobs that they do everyday.

  • enuf posted at 5:05 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

    enuf Posts: 0

    Talk of Beloit Memorial Hospital should have never happened here except to thank the paramedics, doctors and nurses who worked their tails off trying to save Gina. It is an excellent facility.Now, let's focus on the issue at hand...what we SHOULD be discussing. Let's get the murderers behind bars and work to make Beloit a safe place.

  • whateveryousay posted at 8:48 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    whateveryousay Posts: 0

    Has it occured to you Miller that maybe she was dead immediately after arrival and the dispatching of a helicopter would have proved to be a waste? KNOW your facts... before you spout... This is not a competition of the ER, FD, and PD to see who can let her die first....

  • anonymous posted at 7:44 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Bike, I'm just saying to make sure that everything was done right. Yes, the paper said that she had life threatening injuries; turns out they really were. Someone could sustain a head shot, for example; you would consider that a life threatening injury, right? That person could be transported to a higher level of care and miracuously survive their injury out of blind luck. I'm not second guessing the hosiptal; they simply aren't a level 1 trauma center. I must say though, that Beloit Hospital, unlike Mercy, will transer care when things are beyond their capabilities. Perhaps the issue isn't with the hospital.

  • irish1 posted at 7:17 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    irish1 Posts: 1

    lets put this argument to bed. yes a helicopter was called in. it landed at beloit memorial hospital. the reason it did not land in the area is because in certain situations it is faster for the ambulance to transport the subject to the hospital 5 minutes away and have a doctor start emergency care rather than wait 10 minutes for the helicopter to land at an off site location. You are sadly mistaken if you dont think that everything would have been done to save a life by our police and fire services.the helicopter flew over my house to land at the hospital.

  • ramona posted at 6:41 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    ramona Posts: 0

    Miller - I wanted to keep my mouth shut, but I do know for a fact that a helicopter was dispatched. I also want to let the public know the limitations of what a helicopter transporting a mortally injured patient are. This was a tragic case and there was no way that a magic helicopter was going to save this girl. A helicopter is useful for quick transport of critical patients. But it still takes about 20-30 minutes for helicopter crew to take off from Madison, Rockford, or Milwaukee and land in Beloit. Many times, patients are brought to Beloit Memorial for initial intervention while a helicopter is on its way. At the hospital, there is much more resources and personnel there to help stabilize a patient there versus the cramped space of a helicopter. Everything is done to help insure that the patient will survive the flight to Madison or Milwaukee - it is still a 20-30 minute flight. So yes, this was a horrible case, but I am convinced that everything possible was done to help this poor girl. As badgerbicycle said above, sometimes people are so badly injured that no matter what is done, they cannot be saved.

  • badgerbicycle posted at 4:06 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    badgerbicycle Posts: 5

    miller - Why are you second guessing the response of the EMTs and hospital staff? All the article stated was that she had life-threatning injuries. Do you have further information on the extent of the life-threatening injuries sustained? Sometimes people die, no matter what is tried.

  • anonymous posted at 3:39 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    Mr. Code, the integrety of the neighborhood isn't a deciding factor in whether a copter will be dispatched or not. One could have landed an Fairbanks or the old Beloit Catholic High School, or that park on Henry ( I think it's Summit Park, not sure though). If for some reason none of those were options, ems could have had a copter meet them at the hospital. They have a helipad there. Please, Please members of the Zamora family, I urge you to actually hear recorded radio traffic and get documentation of helicopter dispatch or not. No matter how mortally wounded the girl was, it would be a compounded tragedy if a higher degree of care wasn't obtained because of the girl's color (it HAS happened before, and YES, in Beloit) or the neighborhood in which she lived. Please, cover all of the bases and don't take anyone's "word" for things, no matter what kind of "official" they are. I wish you peace; you are in my heart.

  • smiles posted at 3:37 pm on Tue, Sep 15, 2009.

    smiles Posts: 0

    I want to send my sympathies out to the zamora family during this horrible life altering event. No one should ever witness or go through such a tragic event.

  • anonymous posted at 8:08 am on Tue, Sep 15, 2009.

    anonymous Posts: 0

    It's tragic that a young person was gunned down. My condolences go out to the family. I wonder though, was a helicopter dispatched to take her to a hospital better equipped to take care of this kind of injury? This is something that the family should be asking and getting concrete proof of.


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