UPDATE: It’s been a year since Elizabeth Juarez & Eveona Cortez were killed

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The families of Elizabeth Juarez and Eveona Cortez are in our thoughts today as we mark the one-year anniversary of their senseless deaths.

It was one year ago today – Mar. 28, 2018 – that the two teen girls were tragically shot and killed in a parking lot near the Alturas apartment complex on Ambaum Blvd. SW at SW 137th Street in Burien.

Elizabeth was just 13-years old, and Eveona was 19 when they were killed in what is likely a gang-related shooting.

“We love and miss her absence everyday. Her spirit lives strong through us,” Eveona Cortez’s family said in a statement.

The case remains unsolved, as no suspects have been arrested yet.

But police say they’re making progress.

“I want to assure the families, and the community, we have made significant progress on the investigation of their murders,” said King County Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht. “I have directed our Major Crimes Unit to make this case their highest priority.”

The King County Sheriff’s Office has directed significant resources, and countless hours, in the pursuit of justice for Elizabeth and Eveona, police said.

“The City of Burien still mourns the loss of two beautiful young ladies who were victims of gun violence a year ago,” Mayor Jimmy Matta said. “I eagerly await for justice for the family, and our community. We need to hold these criminals responsible and accountable for their actions. Violent behavior cannot be tolerated in our society.”

“Latino Civic Alliance stands with the families of Eveona and Elizabeth during this difficult time,” said Nina Martinez, Board Chair LCA. “No parent should lose their child to violence.”

Because this remains an open and active investigation, police say they are unable to share more details at this time.

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