Food-truck shooting

Forensics personnel work inside a food truck where a woman was fatally shot overnight on Colonial Drive.

ORANGE COUNTY, FL – The men who killed a 65-year-old food truck worker during an attempted robbery remain on the loose.

Mireya Maria Averado was working at The Arepera Solita truck that was parked in front of The Window Tinting Shop, 5021 E. Colonial Drive when she was shot and killed early Sunday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The truck has become a makeshift memorial where grievers have placed flowers, candles and notes to the slain woman.

Deputies say two Hispanic or black male suspects were seen running from the truck after the shooting. Investigators think the suspects were attempting to rob the victim.

Hours after the fatal shooting, truck owners who meet for the monthly food truck bazaar at Fashion Square Mall, gathered money to donate to Averado’s family. Patrons were asked to do the same thing by placed donations in envelopes attacked to the food trucks.

It’s unclear how much money was raised.

“As soon as I heard about it, I wanted to do something,” Mark Baratelli, creator of the traveling Food Truck Bazaar, said Sunday. “I don’t know her, but we’re gonna help.”

Baratelli said the gourmet, ethnic, barbecue and dessert trucks at Sunday night’s event “typically work in groups and not during those late-night hours.” Other trucks that work more independently on Orange Blossom Trail and Semoran Boulevard, or State Road 436, often stay open late.

Investigators have released little information about the fatal shooting but say they are tracking down leads in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and earn up to a $5,000 reward.

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