Grieving friends of slain hair stylist Cindy Tran are holding a vigil this evening near the salon where she worked in the Glen Cove shopping center in Vallejo. Authorities said Tran, 46, left Devyn’s Salon and Spa with her boyfriend, Efren Valdemoro, on Tuesday night. She was later reported kidnapped. Valdemoro, 38, was fatally shot by the California Highway Patrol at a Richmond market after a pursuit Tuesday night. Tran’s body was found in his Acura outside. Valdemoro also is suspected of killing Ricardo Sales, 73, who rented part of a Hercules home Tran owned. Sales’ son Frederick, 35, is missing. Sandra Vegas, who lives near the Glen Cove shopping center on Robles Way in Vallejo, said tonight’s vigil and a “Unity Day” in Vallejo on Sept. 19 are intended to promote peace and unity in the city. “We need to get the fire and spark back in our city,” Vegas said. “People don’t see the schools, the budget or the Police Department changing. It’s easy to get down about it.” “People are hurting and really grieving. We need to get positive,” Vegas said. A Cindy Tran Memorial Fund to has been set up at the Wells Fargo Bank inside the Safeway to help pay for Tran’s funeral expenses. Donors are advised to make deposits to the fund in person and not mail checks, a bank employee said this morning. Meanwhile, Vallejo police are working with Hercules and Richmond police and the CHP to determine whether two women found dead in an Upland Court home in Vallejo on Tuesday are connected to Valdemoro, the murders of Tran and Salas and the disappearance of Frederick Salas. Valdemoro stayed “off and on” at the Upland Court home where the decomposed bodies of Marcaria “Carol” Smart, 60, and Segundia “Rita” Allen, 63, were found Tuesday afternoon. The women are the city’s ninth and 10th homicide victims this year, police said. Allen’s husband, Charles Rittenhouse, 72, was arrested for possession of materials used to make explosives after bomb-making chemicals were found in his house. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Solano County Superior Court. Vallejo police Sgt. Sid DeJesus said Rittenhouse is a “person of interest and an investigative lead” in the Vallejo women’s murders and the events involving Valdemoro.
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