• Matt Esnayra

Update: Two charged with murder of 26-year-old Long Beach woman in Fountain Valley

Updated: Aug 7, 2021


A man and woman have been charged in the homicide of a Long Beach woman who was fatally shot in her car in Fountain Valley back in July, per multiple reports.

The suspects:

Oliver Reynaldo Leon, age 27, has been charged with murder and conspiracy in the death of 26-year-old Phia Marie Albanese, who was found dead in her car with three gunshot wounds to her head on July 19, the Fountain Valley Police Department said. Prosecutors also charged a second suspect, Mary Diedra Chavez, age 25, with murder and conspiracy to commit a crime.

  • The indictment alleges Chávez and Leon, plus two unidentified co-conspirators, traveled from Los Angeles County to Tustin to "lure her out [Albanese] of a hotel room," according to City News Service.

  • Chávez and Leon got into the victim's car with Albanese, with the two co-unidentified conspirators following in another vehicle.

  • The complaint claims that they took Albanese's telephone, and Leon shot her three times in the head.

Previously reported:

Fountain Valley Police are investigating the murder of a 26-year-old Long Beach woman who was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound, per multiple reports.


On Monday at roughly 6:11 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision near Slater Avenue and Tradewinds Street in Fountain Valley.

  • According to a news release, when police arrived, Fountain Valley Fire personnel and members of the public were helping the female driver.

  • Later, authorities would discover a gunshot wound on the driver and be pronounced dead at the scene.

  • The victim's identity is being withheld from the public at this time until notified next of kin.

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