Irvin Tellez Joins Gang Partner Jaime Prieto Rocha as Suspect in Nancy Hammour's Murder

See Update No. 7 at the bottom of Page 2 about the additional arrest of Irvin Tellez in the murder of Nancy Hammour. Update No. 6 has details on fellow suspect Jaime Rocha's arraignment. Update No. 5 is about police arresting the 40-year-old Santa Ana man for alleged murder. Update No. 4 confirms the victim was fatally shot. Update No. 3 is on her child-custody woes and "complicated" relationship. Update No. 2 has authorities identifying her. Update No. 1 is on the first media report claiming she was shot.

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Victim Nancy Hammour
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 3, 8:55 A.M.: A woman's body was found Monday morning below Newport Bay Bridge, and Newport Beach Police are investigating the death as suspicious.

Someone walking by spotted the dead woman--face down on the ground--and contacted police around 8:45 a.m. Monday, said police, who did not yet know the cause of death.

"We don't have any name, age or race on the woman as yet," police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella reportedly told City News Service. "But all deaths such as these are investigated as suspicious until we rule that out."

The county coroner is also investigating.

That bridge is near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive. Anyone with information about how the woman got there or who she is should contact Detective Ryan Peters at 949.644.3779 or call the police department's hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD, where messages can be left anonymously.

UPDATE NO. 1, SEPT. 3, 4:30 P.M.: The woman found dead in Newport Beach had been shot to death, CBSLA.com reports.

Haven't seen that reported anywhere else, but the station claims homicide detectives have been assigned to the case and that witnesses saw blood on the pavement and bridge railing and evidence markers around the spot near Pearson's Port Fish Shack and the Southwind Kayak Center at Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive.

UPDATE NO. 2, SEPT. 4, 7:15 A.M.: The woman found dead in Newport Beach on Labor Day has been identified as 28-year-old Nancy Hammour, whose city of residence is unknown, according to Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.

An autopsy on Hammour's body will be performed either today or Thursday, Hallock added.

Jennifer Manzella, the Newport Beach Police Department spokewoman, told City News Service she could not comment on reports that Hammour suffered a gunshot wound.

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Nancy Hammour, R.I.P.
UPDATE NO. 3, SEPT. 4, 10:47 A.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department has confirmed Nancy Hammour's death is being investigated as a homicide but cautioned detectives are awaiting autopsy results before disclosing whether she was shot to death.

The 28-year-old Santa Ana mother's sister, Yara Hayak, reportedly told ABC7 that Hammour was the mother of a 4-month-old baby boy who is in the custody of Orange County child protective services and a 12-year-old son being raised by his grandmother.

But Hammour was working to turn her life around and regain custody of her baby through court-mandated classes aimed at building a stable home, added Hayak, who mentioned she and her sister had planned to go apartment hunting.

City News Service reports Hammour's Facebook profile says she was in a "complicated" relationship.



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Bratty
Bratty

She was named in the indictment for the recent gang sweep in Santa Ana.  She sold drugs for the Mexican Mafia.  The cops had her make calls and recorded them about getting and distributing drugs.  I bet they found out she was a snitch and they rubbed her out.  So sad.  Thank the police for instilling fear in this neighborhood and failing to protect a woman who cooperated with them and gave them what they wanted.  RIP.  

lunaedith24
lunaedith24

With tears in my eyes I want to offer my most deepest sympathy n  condolences on your loss, I Like you have lost my Brother, he was only 21  when he passed he also was in the wrong path  drugs and gangs lead him to his death and like your sister Nancy his killer was supposedly a friend to him, I met Nancy  once or maybe twice seen her a few times  and she did not deserve to go this soon. Prayers are with your family and specially with Nancy's soul may god bless you and yours, I will send a small donation with a friend that knows your family a little better then me k... god is good don't you doubt that...

yarahayek
yarahayek

I miss you little sister. R.I.P. Viewing is 09/12/2013 from 5pm-9pm at Fairhaven Memorial. Donations are also being accepted at Fairhaven Memorial by phone or in person. 1702 E Fairhaven Ave  Santa Ana, CA 92705 (714) 633-1442...


Its sad that she had to face her death this way. She messed up and how many people judge. Everyone makes mistakes and we were going to get an apartment so she can have both her children with my help. The person who shot and killed her was a friend of hers. I saw her lifeless pale body and just promised her that my mother and I will do anything possible to raise her 2 boys. 


Please don't judge you all have that someone in your family that needs a little extra help. And only God knows in what way they may leave us. 



Jack O'Loughlin
Jack O'Loughlin

maybe someone didn't believe that she wanted to turn her life around... really sad

Berto
Berto

Memo to sex workers: What you are doing is not safe and meeting strangers for paid sex will likely end up with you dead or severely injured.  Please don't take the risk.  Working at Mickey D's for minimum wage is better than ending up facedown in the sand.

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Crystal Cove is cool though

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

I hate that town. Newport is a filthy place.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

She had alread lost her 4 month old baby to drugs & hooking....now to be found dead. Maybe a 'John' killed her :/ Sad regardless of her lifestyle choices....Strange how this just happened to another young hooker 'turning her life around' maybe a pimp was angry...

Tommy Walas
Tommy Walas

Rest in peace to the deceased. If it was drug related, it was probably meth. Unless opposed, that drug will annihilate everything in its path.

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

I find it odd, that two hookers, from the Santa Ana area are found dead within a few months of each other.

mophisto.waltz
mophisto.waltz

This was probably a racially charged crime committed by the Anaheim PD.....

Louie Corea
Louie Corea

This sounds like the other case in Newport where a young girl who was trying to turn her life around for the sake of her son was found dead on the beach. Criminal Minds needs to do a profile!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

when will hey take the Boyfriend into custody?

Noah Flaum
Noah Flaum

@Mike MacDuffee: When it's a body of water...BAZINGA!

Nita Charlton
Nita Charlton

Spooky no one saw anything...that bridge is busy 24/7/365... Hope they catch the idiot who did it...or may she find peace if she did it to herself

lonhall
lonhall

Pearson Port side on the bike underpass over on the Dover side?

Ken Webb
Ken Webb

Yes. Shot to death WOULD be suspicious - nothing amazing with that deduction.

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

@Berto Or.....make it legal and give the women the protection they deserve like it is done elsewhere successfully with adults. 

lunaedith24
lunaedith24

@Wendy Richards this aint a joke dumb bitch

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Louie Corea Thanks for the reminder, Louie. I added a link to that case with Update No. 4 in case anyone wants to check it out.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @DaniGirl949 I thought the same thing too.    I would hate to think someone nearby is a serial killer in the making like they had in Long Island.  First victim's cause of death wasn't released (anyone know why?) so if it is gunshot then I would think they could be linked.

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