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Residents March to 114th Precinct in Astoria Sunday, Seek Justice for Woman Killed by Stray Bullet

Residents marched to the 114th Precinct in Astoria Sunday demanding justice for Gudelia Vallinas, who was killed by a stray bullet near Woodside Houses on March 12 (Photo: Christina Santucci)

March 29, 2021 By Christina Santucci

Several dozen people marched through the streets of Astoria Sunday evening, demanding justice for a woman who was killed by a stray bullet near Woodside Houses two weeks earlier.

The march, held in memory of Gudelia Vallinas, started at the corner of 50th Street and Broadway, where the fatal shooting took place March 12, and ended at 114th Precinct.

As of Sunday, no arrests had been made in connection to Vallinas’ death, the NYPD said.

Astoria resident Lupe Guzman organized the event to remember the mother of two and call for additional safety measures in the area, which is on the border of Woodside and Astoria. Two other shootings – one fatal – have also taken place around Woodside Houses since Villinas was killed.

The march was held just days after another rally was held by elected officials and local residents to condemn gun violence in the area.

Attendees at a rally Sunday calling for justice for Gudelia Vallinas (Photo: Christina Santucci)

“It’s our responsibility to demand a safer Astoria,” Guzman said. “Let’s rise to the occasion and get involved in the community – that is the only way we are going to make changes.”

“We don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Guzman said.

Vallinas’ sister, Brenda Fortoso, joined the march and addressed attendees.

“I don’t need to tell you what kind of person [Vallinas] was, because everybody in the community knew her,” Fortoso said. “To see this community getting together for my sister means that this community is not going to stop.”

“It doesn’t matter if it rains. We are going to be here every single day if it is necessary until we find out who did this to her,” Fortoso continued. “It’s not fair that someone has to die – a mother, a sister. No, no more.”

Fortoso expressed her gratitude to the 50 or so people in attendance on behalf of Vallinas’ family, including her two young children.

“Thank you to every single one of you who came and is showing support,” she said.

A fundraiser for Vallinas’ funeral service has since raised nearly $65,000 – close to $45,000 over its goal – as of Sunday night. Vallinas husband, Alfredo, noted on the page that the additional money would be used to help pay for their children’s education.

Vallinas’ sister, Brenda Fortoso, (left) addresses the crowd Sunday (Photo: Christina Santucci)

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Sad times

The politicians led protest was for gun reform. They are basically blaming the NRA, the right and guns for the violence. In contrast, the very people who live there are protesting about violence and want the perpetrator captured which is basically more cops on the street. But I’m guessing the politicians won’t even bother listening to these people and instead blame everyone but the perp.

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It’s “Sad,” you don’t get it

Sad- Amendment II “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”The NRA wants no regulations and they’re paying billions to block any and all regulations on guns.

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Anonymous

So first you all demand to defund the police, and now you demand that same police to protect you better? How peculiar.

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So worried about NYPD overtime

Anonymous- The police are still drawing salaries. Some “Defunding” suggestions have some very sound and practical financial principles.

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Defund jimmy

The Phipps housing gets more media coverage and media outrage than this. Phipps gets more interest from our politicians. Disgusting, just plain disgusting.

RIP. Support the go fund me if you can.

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Jill

Several dozen marchers. Was a description of the suspects released? Im surprised more people did not show up. I wonder why.

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