A 45-year-old woman remained on life support Friday evening, 24 hours after her shooting outside a Union Gap movie theater left police and co-workers trying to make sense of what happened.
Cynthia Kelley-Munzanreder of Yakima suffered gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen as she and her husband left the Majestic Theatre about 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
She was rushed to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, where she remained on life support as of late Friday.
Police said she was not expected to live and have been guarded about releasing information on the shooting. They said they believe it was an isolated incident, but have not commented on a possible motive.
Police said they were calling people who may have information about the shooting, but had not announced any arrests by Friday evening.
Kelley-Munzanreder was the office manager at Mike Olson Dodge. Previously, she worked for two decades at Valley Ford Nissan before leaving to work at the Dodge dealership in June.
“They say bad things happen to good people, and that’s true,” said Ashley Eilers, a former employee who came to Mike Olson Dodge on Friday just to answer phones. “The girl that answers the phone went home because she couldn’t hold it together.”
Eilers, a title clerk, said she had worked under Kelley-Munzanreder for about seven months.
“I never heard her say anything bad about anyone. She was always in a good mood, always smiling — it’s hard to grasp,” she said.
Larry Taylor, head of accounts payable the Dodge dealership, described Kelley-Munzanreder as upbeat and said he couldn’t imagine her having any enemies.
“She was a nice gal to work with — she was pleasant company,” he said somberly. “She always tended to look on the bright side of things.”
Valley Ford Nissan owner Tom Sparling said the incident left a dark cloud over his dealership Friday.
“We are in shock today at this very sad news,” he said. “It’s a terrible tragedy. She was a wonderful person, very kind, hard-working. I couldn’t say enough good things about her. She was always a pleasure to work with.”
She worked there for more than 20 years in various positions and was working as a payroll clerk in June when she took a position at Mike Olson Dodge, Sparling said.
She had steadily advanced at Valley Ford Nissan before becoming the office manager at Mike Olson Dodge, which was a good career move, Sparling said.
Her husband, John Munzanreder, is a service manager at Valley Ford, and she has an adult son, Sparling said.
“A lot of us who have been here for a long time worked with her for a long time,” he said. “It’s hard to believe. What a tragedy for her family and everyone who knew her. Our hearts go out to her family.”
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate.
“We have some ideas, but nothing we are willing to hang our hat on at this time,” said interim Union Gap police Chief Greg Cobb.
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