Wednesday evening about 8:45 pm, screams and cries of “Oh, God. Help me! Help me!” rang through the normal neighborhood noise, cries of ‘No, no, please no,’ brought neighbors to their windows and forewarned of what would come next. A boom was heard and residents hit the floor, fearing where the next shot would be aimed. And then an abnormal silence.
A young man peering out his window saw a neighbor running up to another neighbors front door, he saw the man come up behind her and shoot her from behind. He ran out to the street hoping to get the license number of the vehicle the man was in, and a man came up to him from the direction of the shooting. Without a word the man got into a red pickup truck and drove away, without turning on his headlights. Neighbors say they had seen the same truck parked in front of Amanda Duran’s home. Her boyfriend reportedly drove the truck when he would drive her home from school.
A friend has said that he was on the phone with Amanda Duran when he heard her say “Why are you here?” Reportedly he also heard ‘Eddie’ say “Why can’t I come over here?” Amanda then told the friend she would call him back and she hung up.
‘Eddie’ is reportedly Gilberto Cruz, 26, AKA Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Espinosa-Martinez. Amanda Jean Duran, 22, had reportedly dated Cruz, but had broken the relationship off. Reportedly the breakup was just due to normal boyfriend/girlfriend problems and Amanda Duran never expressed any fear of Cruz.
Amanda Duran was an aspiring rap artist. She was in the process of starting her own music label. She has been called friendly and outgoing, a beautiful person inside and out, reportedly she loved life and music. Amanda Duran also had her struggles, she was diagnosed with muliple sclerosis at the age of 17. But she didn’t let that deter her from her dreams or from enjoying life.
Police have arrested Gilberto ‘Eddie’ Cruz on Thursday AM. Reportedly he has confessed to the murder. Reportedly he told police he had been upset about Duran breaking off the relationship and he had been planning the murder for about a week.
Allegedly he loaded the shotgun and tried to fire, but it didn’t fire. Reportedly he and Duran struggled over the gun, then she ran to the front door. Allegedly he loaded the gun again and tried to fire, but again it didn’t go off. At the neighbor’s front door he stood several feet away from Duran, with the third shot in the gun, he pulled the trigger and the gun went off.
Cruz has been charged with murder.