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Fresno Police Chief Vows to Solve ‘Horrendous’ Killing of Teen Mom and 3-Week-Old Infant



Three-week-old Celine Solorio-Rivera and her mother, Yanelly Solorio-Rivera, 18, were found shot to death on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (GV Wire Composite/Fresno PD)
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Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama vowed Monday morning that detectives would solve Saturday’s murder of an 18-year-old mother and her 3-week-old daughter.

Police discovered Yanelly Solorio-Rivera and her baby, Celine Solorio-Rivera, dead in a bedroom of a residence in the 2500 block of South Fruit Avenue shortly after responding to shots fired at 7:20 a.m.

“All acts of murder are unacceptable in our community, But when the victim is an innocent, 3-week-old infant it becomes indescribably horrendous and completely unacceptable.” — Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama

“All acts of murder are unacceptable in our community,” Balderrama said in a news release. “But when the victim is an innocent, 3-week-old infant it becomes indescribably horrendous and
completely unacceptable.

“This senseless crime has not only deeply impacted the lives of a family, but every single first responder on this horrific scene. We will solve this murder and bring justice to the family. Our officers and detectives are diligently working to identify those responsible, and we will not rest until that occurs. ”

Detectives say that Yanelly and Celine were inside their bedroom when someone fired multiple gunshots, striking both victims. Detectives are working with the family, as well as searching for witnesses and video surveillance in hopes of identifying the perpetrator.

Detectives Need Tips on Double Murder

Anyone with information about the slayings can remain anonymous by contacting Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).

Tipsters can also contact Fresno PD homicide detective J. Baroni at (559) 621-2416 or detective M. Alvarez at (559) 621-2441.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email