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Family of woman shot and killed in Fort Pierce searching for clues to identify shooter

Mother of two killed in Fort Pierce
Posted at 11:50 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 04:42:26-05

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Fort Pierce family is grappling with the pain of losing a loved one in a shooting last week.

Fort Pierce Police are still trying to determine who shot 23-year-old Elizabeth Granados in what appears to have been a drive-by shooting outside her family’s home on the 100 block of Wisteria Avenue.

“They broke my heart,” said Elizabeth’s mother, Leticia Granados.

The family was holding out hope that surveillance cameras would help police identify the shooter.

Now, they’re learning those cameras, located at a home by the shooting scene, were not recording. So, they’re making a plea for anyone with information to come forward.

According to family, Elizabeth was a mother of 4-year-old and an 18-month-old.

Elizabeth’s sister, Antonia Lezama, says Elizabeth was getting her life on track.

“We won’t get to see what a better life she would’ve had because of what someone did,” Antonia said.

Leticia said she was at Publix when she last spoke to her daughter on the phone.

“The last time I talked to her, it was 8:09,” Leticia said.

Elizabeth was shot and killed just minutes later when arriving at her parents’ home.

Leticia got a call from her husband.

“She’s dead, she’s dead. I said ‘Who’s dead?’ He said ‘Elizabeth is dead. They killed her.’”

Neighbor Hugh Grimes got a look at the car involved, but not the shooter.

“They headed to the end of the street, turned around, and hauled butt back this way real fast. They slowed down and shot at her again,” Grimes said.

Elizabeth’s roommate was also shot in the passenger seat. He is expected to be okay.

“Forty plus shell casings,” Grimes described.

Antonia says there are things about the shooting that do not make sense to her yet.

If someone was targeting Elizabeth, Elizabeth wasn’t in her car, but instead, a family member's car. She also wasn’t at her own home.

“Were missing pieces to the puzzle,” Antonia said.

The family says Fort Pierce Police are staying in touch, but they want to make sure they are doing their own outreach for answers.

“You know, anything that we can do to get her name out there and see if anybody knows anything,” Antonia said.

If anyone has any information concerning this incident, contact Detective Michael Massie in the office at 772-467-6856, on his cellphone at 772-678-1744 or after hours at 772-467-6800.