Coworkers of Margarita Hernandez have faith that she'd never end her life and they're anxious to find out what exactly happened.

Hernandez worked at Work Wear Headquarters, located on West Mermod Street, for a month before she became the victim of a shooting the morning of Nov. 29, a death Carlsbad Police Department is still investigating.

Police received a call at 4:20 a.m. that Thursday about the shooting. When they arrived at the home at 608 N. Fourth Street, officers found Hernandez dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Hernandez had no family or friends living in Carlsbad, according to the associates who worked with her on a daily basis.

According to Mark Pineda, an employee at Work Wear, she had cooked a giant meal for the staff her last day at Work Wear. She was never depressed or seemed as if she was going through turmoil, he said.

Hernandez, who was 40, had four children and two grandchildren who lived in Selma, Calif. She moved to Carlsbad three years ago from California, and had been with her boyfriend Jason Martinez the last four years, according to her coworkers.

"We can't conceive in our mind that she would voluntarily do something like that to herself. She had plans to do things. She just bought a pair of cowboy boots for her grandson," Pineda said.

Bill Phillips, owner of Work Wear, said he wishes someone would tell him what happened. "She was such a nice girl and we looked forward to working with her for a very long time, but we don't have that option anymore," he said.

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Cynthia Sotelo, another coworker of Hernandez's, agreed with her boss.

"We just want (the police) to tell us that they're really working on this and not letting it slide. I really hope they find things out soon because she was such a wonderful person," Sotelo said. Lt. Jennifer Moyers of the Carlsbad PD said Thursday the case is the department's "top priority." Police are waiting on several pieces of information before making a determination, including the autopsy report, on-scene investigation report and interview details, she said.

"We can't put everything together until those pieces are complete," Moyers said. "Just because they're not hearing anything, doesn't mean that it's not being worked on; it shouldn't be a reflection whether or not anything is getting done."

Hernandez's death hasn't been ruled as a suicide or homicide, but police continue to work hard on the investigation, according to Moyers. "We're limited to what we can tell people, but we're not limited to what we can listen to," Moyers said.