Moreno Valley man, 20, ID’d after fatal Coachella shooting

COACHELLA — Deputies summoned to reports of a domestic disturbance in Coachella instead found themselves investigating the murder of a Moreno Valley man Saturday evening, Feb. 1. The victim’s lifeless body was discovered in a vehicle on the 84400 block of Calle Cathron near Avenida Razon, northeast of Fredrick St. and 51st Ave.


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Deputies assigned to the Thermal Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the residential neighborhood shortly before 11 p.m., after receiving reports of a possible domestic disturbance, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez later reported.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the parties involved in the disturbance call, but also found an unconscious male in a vehicle separate from the disturbance call,” explained Ramirez. “The male had sustained trauma from gunshots and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators tow a white Nissan that the victim’s gunshot riddled body was found inside. KESQ News Channel 3 image

Deputies secured the street and surrounding area as a crime scene and requested assistance from Thermal Station and Central Homicide Unit investigators, who ultimately assumed the murder investigation.

The shooting victim has since been identified as 20-year-old, Rene Arostegui, of Moreno Valley.

As the Sheriff’s investigation was continuing the victim’s white Nissan Altima was towed from the scene as evidence to the shooting.

Officials have not released any known motive for the deadly shooting and have said their investigation is ongoing and that no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to immediately contact Investigator Grasso at the Thermal Station at 760-863-8990 or Investigator Mendoza with the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number Y200320055 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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