Who was Itzel Espinoza? Missing Arizona girl, 17, found shot dead in car
Itzel Espinoza's father said she had been spending time with the wrong people recently
PHOENIX, ARIZONA: An aspiring model was found dead inside a car in a Phoenix alley over the weekend. The incident happened less than two days after her parents reported her missing, a report revealed.
On Thursday, July 1, 17-year-old Itzel Espinoza left her Phoenix house to go out with her friends. The teen failed to return home that night and her parents reported her missing. On Saturday, July 3, Espinoza was found dead from a gunshot wound at about 5.30 am inside a car near 35th Street and Southern avenues. The police department has not released additional information on the fatal shooting yet. Espinoza's father Eduardo told AZFamily.com that his daughter had recently been spending time with the wrong crowd and that she was an aspiring social media model and influencer.
We have earlier reported many similar incidents. Linda Stoltzfoo's case broke so many hearts, as the Amish teen from Pennsylvania was found dead, covered in tarp and buried. In March 2021, Sarah Everard went missing and after days of investigation it was found that she was raped and murdered by a cop named Wayne Couzens, this case led to a national outcry in UK over violence against women.
Espinoza's father described her as “a character, she was funny.” He added, “she was good people to be around.” "All young girls and all young adults out there, your parents care for you," he said, according to AZFamily.com. "They want the best for you. They want you to be a teenager, enjoy your best years. Go out and have fun but have a limit, you know. Come home." The hardest part now, he said, is "knowing she's never coming back."
Espinoza's mother, Elizabeth Diaz, started a GoFundMe page for her daughter, "We need your help for family expenses. Until we meet again my angel." The page has raised $10,131 of the $20,000 goal when this article was published.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Phoenix police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 480-TESTIGO (837-8446) for Spanish.