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A $100,000 reward is being offered by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in the Feb. 4 slayings of a Nuevo woman and her daughter.

Maria Gonzalez, 51, and Connie Gonzalez, 25, were walking on Central Avenue near their home about 5 p.m. when they were fatally stabbed, Riverside County sheriff’s officials said. Connie Gonzalez died at the scene and her mother was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital.

There were no eyewitnesses to the stabbing itself, but someone was able to give a description of a suspect who ran from the scene, said Lt. Evan Petersen. Sheriff’s officials have released a composite sketch of the man.

He was described as Hispanic, 17 to 25 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, with a medium to thin build and very short hair, sheriff’s officials said. He was wearing jeans and a dark-colored hooded jacket.

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Feb. 13, approved the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in the killings.

Supervisor Marion Ashley made the motion to offer the reward in what he described as a “brutal stabbing” that had set the neighborhood on edge. Ashley attended a community meeting about the slayings a few days after the women’s deaths, which hundreds of concerned residents attended.

At this point, Petersen said Thursday, he could not say whether the women were killed by a stranger or someone they knew.

“We need good, focused direction,” he said.

Authorities ask that anyone with information call Investigator Josh Button of the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, 760-393-3531, or Investigator Steven Grassel of the sheriff’s Hemet Station, 951-791-3405. Anonymous information can be submitted using the sheriff’s Homicide Tipline form at

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