Kayla Huerta, 17, who is a mother of three-year-old shot dead in a car in Los Angeles

A 17-year-year old mother of young daughter has been found shot dead inside in a crashed car.

High school student Kayla Huerta had been shot multiple times, including in the head, before her body was found at 2.30am in San Pedro, California.

Officers were initially called to reports of a traffic accident and when they arrived at the scene, they found a light-colored car crashed into a cinder block wall outside an apartment building on residential street near an intersection, KTLA reported.

Kayla Huerta and her three-year-old daughter, who her family say has yet to be told what has happened to her mother 

Investigators are unsure whether Kayla was killed in the vehicle or if she was brought to the location, according to LAPD Capt. Giselle Espinoza.

‘We don’t know if it was moving prior, or we don’t know at what point the shooting occurred,’ Espinoza said

Family members who showed up at the scene hours to hold a vigil identified the high school student as the victim.

Kayla was found dead in a car at this intersection in San Pedro, Los Angelesa 

Kayla was found dead in a car at this intersection in San Pedro, Los Angelesa 

Her father Jason Huerta said: ‘I couldn’t even imagine her getting hurt like that. It hurts me.’

Kayla lived with her grandmother Yolanda Gonzalez in Wilmington and she revealed the family was waiting to tell her child about her mother’s death.

When the toddler woke up Monday morning she asked for her mother and refused to take off her clothes because her mother had put them on, Gonzalez said.

‘She sees everybody struggling and she’s like, “What’s going on?” But we can’t tell her, she’s too small,’ she said.

Kayla had spent the day with her family on Sunday and Gonzalez said the family have’have no idea, no clue, no nothing’ about why she was killed.

After graduating, she planned to go trade school to support her daughter, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up by her cousin to pay help pay funeral costs.

In addition to a daughter, Kayla leaves behind a younger sister Jasmyne, and two little brothers.

‘I just feel like this is a dream because me and my sister always had plans together,’ said Jasmyne.

‘And I just don’t want her to go, but she’s already gone,’ she said during the vigil.

‘I know that she wouldn’t want me to cry right now, but I have to because I’m going to miss her a lot.’



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