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Memorial service planned for Lincoln mother fatally shot last week

Renee O’Neal.
Renee O’Neal.

A memorial service for the Lincoln woman who was fatally shot in her home last week is scheduled Wednesday in Roseville’s Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Renee O’Neal, 35, was a 1999 graduate of Woodcreek High School in Roseville. She worked for BeamReaders, a dental diagnostic imaging service, and said caring for her twin sons, Levi and Landon, was her “most important and honored priority,” a paid death notice stated. A Facebook page and Instagram account for O’Neal was filled with photographs of the two young boys.

Her memorial service will be a week after Lincoln police officers were called to her home in the 2400 block of Lincoln Airpark Drive. A witness driving near the residence about 8:20 a.m. called the department, reporting that he heard gunshots and saw a man flee from the home in a white car, Police Chief Doug Lee said.

Authorities arrived to the quiet neighborhood near the airport and found O’Neal in her garage with a fatal gunshot wound to her upper body.

Her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Jerrod Devery Hill, 31, was named by the witness who called police as the man who fled from the home, Lee said . Hours later after the shooting, authorities deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop Hill fleeing in his car as he drove on Interstate 80 near Truckee. Authorities later found Hill dead with what looked like a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

O’Neal had a restraining order against Hill, Lee said. Sacramento Superior Court documents show Hill pleaded no contest to a felony stalking charge filed against him in January, with records naming the victim as Renee Doe.

A GoFundMe page for O’Neal’s family raised more than $30,000 by Tuesday morning. O’Neal was a passionate fan of the reggae rock group 311. Nick Hexum, frontman for the band, tweeted about O’Neal’s death, calling it a “ senseless passing.” A Facebook page aiming to change privacy laws for victims of domestic violence in O’Neal’s name garnered 2,350 followers.

The memorial is scheduled at noon Wednesday, followed by a reception at the church hall. Craig Dial, a man listed as one of O’Neal’s parents in the obituary, said the service was open to friends and family.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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