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Authorities Believe Murdered, Pregnant 18 Year Old Was Targeted

Sanford, FL – A Sanford police officer found a pregnant young woman fatally shot inside a car at Coastline Park and authorities believe she was targeted.

The officer was patrolling the parking lot of the park at about 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 11 when he approached a vehicle that was backed into a parking space and left running, WKMG reported.

Police said that the officer found a woman – later identified as 18-year-old Kaylin Fiengo – unresponsive behind the wheel of the car.

She was dead from an apparent gunshot wound, WKMG reported.

Authorities said Fiengo’s family told them she had gone to the park the day she was murdered “with the intent to meet a person known to her.”

Her father, Ricky Fiengo, said his daughter was the mother of a one-year-old boy named Ace and was 13 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was murdered, WKMG reported.

Ace was staying with his father when his mother was fatally shot, according to WESH.

“She was targeted,” Ricky Fiengo said. “I believe she was. Deep down a feeling – I believe she was.”

He said his daughter was a loving mother who took parenting seriously despite her young age, WESH reported.

“As soon as she gave birth to her child, she took the mother role very serious,” the grieving father said. “I feel devastated. I mean in a way the baby is young so I guess it’s better that he’s not going to feel that pain. It’s just going to take a village; it’s going to take all of us to help and chip in to raise that child and let that child know how great his mother was.”

Police have no suspects and have not yet made any arrests in connection with Fiengo’s murder, WESH reported.

Sanford Police spokeswoman Bianca Gillette said police didn’t think the shooting wasn’t random.

“We don’t have any indication that this was at random,” Gillette said. “We do feel like it was an isolated incident, and we do feel like we do have some really solid leads to give us the entire picture of what occurred that night and why.”

Authorities have asked the public to come forward with any information about the young mother’s killer.

“The senselessness of this type of violence is infuriating. Kaylin was a young mother who had her whole life ahead of her. This violence and destruction won’t be tolerated in our community,” Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith told WESH.

“I am confident that our residents will work with us to find the person responsible for Kaylin’s death,” the police chief added.

The family made a plea for help from the community, WESH reported.

“Just do the right thing and what would you do if it was your mother or your child?” Ricky Fiengo asked. “We all should stick together and not let these people run our communities and be scared of them.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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