On the second day of school, the drop-off zones at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley were unusually busy 30 minutes before the first bell.
Parents who would normally allow their kids to walk to school are dropping them off because Norma Lopez’s killing still hasn’t been caught.
While dropping off her kids for their second day of school, Cynthia Rodriquez said, “There’s no way I’m letting them walk. I’m scared. The killer is still out there.”
Lopez was on her way home from summer school in July when police said someone kidnapped her. Five days later she was found dead.
The Moreno Valley School District brought in more security guards this school year and told teachers to be more visible.
Moreno Valley Police have also beefed up patrols in the neighborhoods surrounding the school.
Volunteers from Stop The Violence, a Moreno Valley nonprofit group, kept a close eye on the kids.
William Welch, a volunteer with Stop The Violence said, “We’re looking for any suspicious, but we’re not so much looking for anything, we just want to be there for the kids.”
Over the summer, the school’s principal sent a safety check sheet home with students telling them to walk with a friend and warned students to avoid isolated areas like the dirt field investigators believe Norma took as a shortcut the day she was kidnapped.
You can phone in tips to the Sheriff’s Department at (877)242-4345 or e-mail any information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A large reward has been set up for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for her kidnapping and death.