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Fontana girl shot dead while celebrating her 16th birthday

Ashley Caldera
Ashley Caldera

A Fontana family remains in shock following this weekend’s shooting death of a teenage girl who was out with friends celebrating her 16th birthday.

Ashley Ann Caldera was at Northgate Park in Fontana at about 11 p.m. Saturday night, waiting with the group for another friend to join them. According to the San Bernardino Sun, they had only been there a few minutes when someone fired on the group, striking Caldera and killing her.

The girl was just finishing up her sophomore year at Fontana A.B. Miller High School, the Sun reports.

Fontana police have no suspects in custody at this time. According to the Sun, witnesses saw three Latino males in their late teens or early 20s fleeing the area after gunfire was heard.

Friends and family members are now left mourning the loss. A Facebook page called “R.I.P. Ashley Ann Caldera” has been set up, where loved ones can post pictures of her and write remembrances.

“You live forever in my heart and in my life,” one friend wrote.

“I want the person that did this put in jail, because they took my baby’s life and I wouldn’t want anybody to go through this,” said Caldera’s mother, Lorraine Valdez, according to ABC.

Police are still hunting the shooter or shooters. They have not offered theories on whether this was a random act, though the Sun story indicates they believe the victims did not know the shooters.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fontana Police Department at 909-356-TIPS.