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Police Arrest 19-Year-Old Woodside Houses Resident in Stray-Bullet Killing of Gudelia Vallinas

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April 1, 2021 By Christian Murray

A 19-year-old Woodside Houses resident has been arrested and charged with murder for the stray-bullet killing of 37-year-old mother-of-two earlier this month.

Dajuan Williams, of 50-15 Broadway, allegedly killed Gudelia Vallinas, while she walking near the corner of 48th Street and Broadway at around 8:30 p.m. on March 12.

Vallinas was out doing errands at Walgreens pharmacy at the time, near where she lived.

She was fatally shot when she got caught between Williams and another man who had an apparent altercation at the Woodside Houses NYCHA development.

The incident spilled out on the street, and Williams allegedly fired several shots down Broadway.

One bullet struck Vallinas in the head, police said.

Vallinas, who was from Mexico, was the mother to an 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

There have been several shootings in and around Woodside Houses in the past month.

Residents held a rally March 25 calling for justice for Gudelia Vallinas (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

On Tuesday, March 23, Elliot Clairborn, 29, was gunned down on 49th Street and later died. A day later, a 32-year-old man was shot in the back outside the complex on 49th Street near 31st Avenue. He is expected to survive.

There have been a number of rallies in the past week calling for an end to gun violence and for justice for Vallinas.

Last week Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and other elected officials held a rally, while on Sunday residents marched to the 114th Precinct calling for justice.

Several people held signs with the words “Justice for Gudelia Vallinas” at a rally March 25 (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

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