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Friends and Co-Workers in Shock From Loss of Friend


Two suspects arrested in last Thursday’s shooting of 45-year-old Cynthia Kelley-Munzanreder at a Union Gap movie theater appeared in court on Tuesday. One of the suspects is her husband John Munzanreder. His suspected accomplice is Juan Ibanez Cortes. Both suspects made appearances in court yesterday where bail was set at $2 million dollars each. Munzanreder and Cortes are both being held in the Yakima County Jail on first-degree murder charges.

Cynthia Kelley-Munzanreder was shot as she left a Union Gap theater last Thursday evening after seeing a movie. She was with her husband and heading to their car at the time. Police say she was shot twice; once in the head and once in the abdomen. Today the investigation continues but police say they don’t expect to make any other arrests.

Friends and co-workers of Cindy Kelley-Munzanreder say they will miss their friend and are shocked at her death.

“I stuck my head in the window and said goodnight Cindy I’ll see you tomorrow and she said good night Carl, I’ll see you tomorrow,” says friend Carl Farnsworth.

They are the last words Farnsworth heard from his friend of 20 years. A woman he described as kind and sweet with a thoughtful soul. He tells KIMA Action News he still can’t believe he won’t see Cindy’s smile ever again.

“I can’t believe it,” says Farnsworth. “I couldn’t. I really couldn’t. It’s hard to get your head around something like that.”

Her colleagues at two local car dealerships where she used to work noticed the loss.

“She’d really become the heart of the place,” says Frank O’Connell. “She was kind and she was generous and she was a great person to work with.”

“It’s been a very difficult week here,” says Tom Sparling. “There’s a tremendous sadness hovering over our organization right now. I don’t think that’s something that’s just doing to go away in the next couple of days.”

They say it’s hard enough trying to understand why something like this happened. Now, harder after finding out her husband is one of the suspects.

“The level of evil and despicability of it is just beyond my comprehension,” says O’Connell. “I just hope the criminal justice system will do what needs to be done.”

For now, they wait for justice and cling to happier memories.

“I guarantee you I’ll see her again in Heaven someday,” says Farnsworth. “We’ll be friends again.”

Both suspects worked at Valley Ford Nissan at the time of the shooting. They have been fired.

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