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Estephan Hernandez

Updated: Mar 28, 2023


Estephan Hernandez, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in the 1100 block of East 148th Street in West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.


Hernandez was sitting in his parked car talking to a friend when a black, four-door sedan drove up beside them about 9:30 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said. A person in the sedan fired while the car was in motion, Mendoza said. The vehicle was last seen driving west on 148th Street, away from Hernandez’s car.


Hernandez, a college senior scheduled to graduate in the spring, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m., according to coroner’s records.


Hernandez lived in the neighborhood and was not involved in gangs, Mendoza said.


Investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting or any information about the gunman. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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