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Grandmother shot to death while visiting her family in Capitol Heights for her grandson's funeral

The woman, identified as 62-year-old Lidia Chinchilla De Carrillo of El Salvador, was taken to an area hospital where she died a short time later.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. — Police in Prince George's County are investigating a shooting that left one woman dead in Capitol Heights. 

According to the Prince George's County Police Department, officers were called to the 600 block of Drum Avenue in Capitol Heights around 9 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. 

The woman, identified as 62-year-old Lidia Chinchilla de Carrillo of El Salvador, was taken to an area hospital where she died a short time later.

"She only stayed 24 hours here because someone shot her and she died," said Lidia's daughter Patricia Carrillo. 

Chinchilla de Carrillo's family says she was shot outside the family home as she was riding in the passenger's side of a car. They tell WUSA9 that they heard what appeared to be five gunshots and they ran outside.

Credit: Carrillo Family

Her family initially thought Chinchilla de Carrillo was having a medical episode connected to her diabetes, but after examining the car she was riding in, they noticed two bullet holes in the car seat. 

Carrillo says that after examining her mother's body they found a single gunshot wound in her back.  

The family says they believe Chinchilla de Carrillo was not the intended target. 

"Lose my son Saturday and lose her last night. My family is really devastated right now," said Carrillo.

As if mourning one loved one was not hard enough, this Capitol Heights family has been struck by tragedy twice in just four days. Patricia says her son also died in a car collision on Saturday. 

Credit: GoFundMe

Moises A. Martinez, 25, died on the scene after a Toyota Camry hit Martinez's stationary Suburu on the Beltway near Alexandria. The crash occurred around 3 a.m. near the Van Dorn Street interchange. 

The family has created a GoFundMe account to help with Martinez's funeral expenses. 

Carrillo says her mother was visiting from El Salvador to bid farewell to her grandson whom she had helped raise for six years. 

"She came over here in this country only because she wanted to stay with her family and support me," said the mourning daughter. 

So far, no arrests have been made and police have not released any suspect information.

Prince George's County Police is offering up to $25,000 for anyone that can provide information that could lead to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 301-516-2512. 

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

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