FL Girl Heydi Villanueva ID’d As 7-Year-Old Shot Dead Near Jacksonville IHOP Saturday Night

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JACKSONVILLE, FL. (THECOUNT) — The child shot and killed while seated in her father’s vehicle as they waited for mother to finish work at El Tapatio restaurant, has been identified as 7-year-old Heydi Rivas Villanueva.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported Villanueva was shot and killed on the Westside Saturday evening after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout that broke out nearby.


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The shooting occurred in a parking lot of El Tapatio restaurant Mexican restaurant, located at, 7900 103rd St #32, Jacksonville, FL 32210.

The child was seated in a car with her father while they waited for her mother to finish up at work. JSO says witnesses observed two black males walk up to a car at the IHOP nearby and the two parties started exchanging gunfire. Police say the girl was struck by the crossfire of the nearby shooting. The girl’s father reportedly drove his daughter to the closest emergency room, which was Park West ER. source

Little Heydi was pronounced dead at 8:49 p.m.

They detail the two suspects as black men, one wearing a white top, acid-washed jeans, and another wearing a maroon top.

JSO also said the suspects are believed to be in an early-to-mid 2000’s green Nissan Altima.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact police at 911.

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