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JUSTICE FOR ELIAS ADAME JR.

Elias Adame Jr., a 45-year-old Latino, was fatally shot on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, in the 1100 bloc of East Young Street in Wilmington, according to LA County Coroner’s records.  About 12:30 a.m., Adame was hanging out at a friend’s house when the other person went inside to use the restroom, said Los Angeles Police Det. David Cortez.  That's when Adame was shot. Witnesses heard a vehicle speeding away, but it’s unclear whether the shooter got out or shot from inside a vehicle.  Adame was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Harbor-area detectives at (310) 726-7889. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY ADAME

Anthony Adame, 20, a Latino man, was shot in the stomach at the intersection of 109th Street and Santa Fe Avenue in Lynwood following a party, and died at 7:06 a.m. Sunday, April 29, 2007.  Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Larry Lincoln said Adame's three friends tried to drive him to the hospital to save his life, but instead got into a serious traffic collision in Inglewood. All the friends were somewhat hurt, including one young man who broke both legs. Adame later died at a hospital.

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JUSTICE FOR RITA THERESA APODACA

 

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JUSTICE FOR DANIEL FELIPE DELGADO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Felipe Delgado, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, July 5, 2020, near East Pacific Coast Highway and Drumm Avenue in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.  About 1:45 a.m., Delgado was driving a burgundy Honda Accord on East Pacific Coast Highway and made a left onto Drumm Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jeffrey Tiffin. Delgado, who was with two others, was driving a friend home.   Another vehicle, possibly a dark-colored sedan, followed behind him and a person inside shot at Delgado’s car from behind, Tiffin said.   Delgado was struck and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.   Delgado was driving his friend home from a Fourth of July gathering, police said. It’s unclear what prompted the shooting.   Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 726-7884 or (310) 726-7887. Those who wish to remain anonomous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR JAMES RYAN DOMINGUEZ

 

James Dominguez, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Wednesday, May 18, near Wilmington Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.  Police received a shooting call about 5:45 p.m., according to an LAPD news release.  When authorities arrived, they found Dominguez slumped inside a car. Dominguez had been shot several times and the car he was traveling in had hit a fire hydrant, police said.  Paramedics were called and Dominguez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  During the investigation, detectives learned Dominguez was driving in his car north on Wilmington Boulevard near Pacific Coast Highway when a red car drove alongside him.  Someone in the red car pulled out a gun and shot several times into Dominguez’ vehicle, hitting him. Authorities said Dominguez’s car continued north through the intersection and stopped after hitting a fire hydrant on the northwest corner.  The shooter was last seen driving southbound on Wilmington Boulevard.  No arrests have been made. The motive for the shooting remains unknown.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Harbor area homicide Officers Rivas or Yoon at (310) 726-7882 or (310) 726-7880. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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JUSTICE FOR DAVID JOHN FLORES, JR.

David John Flores Jr., a 33-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Monday, July 9, near 228th and Figueroa Streets in Carson, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.  A passing motorist saw a stopped car in the left turn lane with the driver slumped over the steering wheel about 10:37 a.m., according to a Sheriff's Department news release.  The passerby called 911,and when authorities arrived, they saw Flores in the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the torso.  He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Investigators said there was no motive or witnesses to the shooting.  Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the sheriff’s homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing toremain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR MELODY ANN BREWER

Melody Ann Brewer, a 17-year-old white female, died Monday, Jan. 31, after being shot in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR JAMES CHEVEDDEN

On the day (May 19th, 2004) he was to report for jury duty, Father James Chevedden said the 11:00 am Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Los Gatos before catching a ride downtown.  Shortly after jurors were dismissed on that breezy spring afternoon, security guards at a nearby transit authority building saw something falling from the six-story courthouse parking garage in San Jose.  At 4:48 pm paramedics found Chevedden’s body face up on a patch of dirt.  He died on his 56th birthday.  The family does not believe that it was a suicide but that he was pushed; therefore, murdered.

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JUSTICE FOR D'ANCEE NATHANIEL BARNES

 

At approximately 8:55 PM on March 18, 1989 a motorist in a 1974-1985 2-door white or light brown Cadillac travelling north on Van Ness Avenue towards gage avenue collided into three-year-old D’Ancee Barnes as he ran into the roadway.  The motorist, described as being a 32-34 year old black female with black hair, approximately 5’6” tall and weighing 110-120 pounds, stopped monentarily before continuing northbound on Van Ness Avenue.  Barnes sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he later died.  The motorist was never identified.  The LAPD South Traffic Division is asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to please call detective S. Smith or Investigator R. Mendoza at (323) 421-2500 or (877) LAPD-24-7.

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JUSTICE FOR GABRIEL CASTILLO

Gabriel Castillo, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Jan. 30, near Mauretania Street and Watson Avenue in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.  Castillo, Carlos Regalado, a 27-year-old Latino, and a third person were reported down after multiple gunshots were fired late Monday, not far from a junkyard, the Los Angeles Police Department said Castillo and Regalado were pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.  It was unclear what sparked the violence, but investigators at the scene were exploring possible gang connections.  Officer Karen Rayner told the Daily Breeze, "Three people were walking down the street when they were shot by someone in a car.”  “The suspects in the shooting were described as two young male Hispanics, driving a white, four-door, compact sport utility-type vehicle," said Sgt. Richard Gabaldon of the Harbor division. He told the Daily Breeze, "But that's all we have so far."  Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to call the LAPD's Harbor Division at (310) 726-7700. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR DANIEL LAWRENCE ARAGON

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JUSTICE FOR PAUL EDWARD FOSTER

Paul Edward "PJ" Foster, a 50-year-old black man, died Friday, June 28, 2019 after he was shot outside 14115 Crenshaw Boulevard in Hawthorne, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.   Foster was standing outside his workplace, the En Effect Barber Shop, eating a bowl of cereal around 10:50 a.m. when a silver-colored sedan  pulled into the parking lot, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean.   Two men got out of the car wearing dark-colored ski masks and began firing at Foster, striking him multiple times, Dean said. The men ran back to their car and drove away, heading west on Rosecrans Avenue.  Foster was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.   A customer standing near Foster was injured with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder, but is expected to survive, Dean said.   The shooters didn't speak before opening fire, Dean said, and investigators don't have a motive for the shooting.   Foster was a father of two children and had worked at the barbershop for more than 10 years, family told ABC7 News. An online fundraiser has been set up to help his family.  Anyone with information 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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JUSTICE FOR JOHN FITZGERALD GOODSON

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JUSTICE FOR AUGUSTINE CALHOUN III

Augustine Calhoun III, a 24-year-old black male, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, after being shot in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR FRANKIE MONET GARCIA

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JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN MATTHEW MARQUEZ DIZON

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JUSTICE FOR JOSEPH CANALES

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JUSTICE FOR CHLOE MARIE CORONA

 

 

 

Chloe Marie Corona, a 28-year-old black woman, was fatally shot on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in the 44000 block of Cedar Avenue in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records.   Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies went to a home on Cedar Avenue after their office received a 911 hang-up call regarding a possible gunshot victim at 2:10 a.m., said Lt. Derrick Alfred.  When deputies arrived they found the front door to the house open and several people standing outside waiting, Alfred said.  The deputies found Corona lying on the living room floor, Alfred said. She was pronounced dead at the 2:30 a.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds. Corona lived a few miles away and investigators don't know why she was at the house on Cedar Avenue, Alfred said.  A man who said he lived alone in the house told investigators he was in another room when he heard gunshots and found Corona lying on the floor.  The people who were standing outside were detained for questioning and then released, Alfred said. "They're not being very cooperative," he said, "so we don't know the relationship between her and the people at the house, and we don't have a description of the shooter."Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR MIGUEL PEREZ

Miguel Perez, a 40-year-old Latino, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 after he was shot near East Young Street and Dominguez Avenue in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. Shortly before midnight, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division responded to a call of a shooting in the area and found Perez, who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, said Los Angeles police Det. Scott Coffee. Police are trying to determine what Perez was doing in the moments leading up to the shooting. It’s unclear if he was in the area alone or with others. “No witnesses heard anything other than some shots,” Coffee said. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (310) 726-7880 or (310) 726-7887. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR DOMINIC BRANDON PICKENS

 

 

Dominic Brandon Pickens, a 16-year-old Black male, died Saturday, July 17, 2021 after being stabbed near 2401 El Segundo Blvd. in Willowbrook, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR MONICA MOLINA

It isn’t known whether the shooter got out of the truck and walked up to Molina, or if the shots were fired from the truck, Harrington said.

Detectives, through surveillance videos, tracked the pickup truck, which had dark or black door handles, as it drove northbound two blocks to Pacific Coast Highway, Harrington said, before it vanished.

With no leads, this month the city of Los Angeles offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Molina’s family and friends, who gathered in front of the home on Wednesday, hope the reward prompts someone to come forward with information.

Molina was a mother of two children, a 24-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter, said her sister, Marcie Gutierrez. Molina had recently sold her home and the three had recently moved in with her mother. That night, Molina’s daughter was staying with her father.

Molina’s mother and neighbors heard the shooting, Gutierrez said, and checked outside but did not see signs of a disturbance.

“My sister was caring and a loving person,” Gutierrez said. “She was always determined to provide for her kids. She really liked to vacation with them.”

She also liked surprising her friends and family with packages or gifts left on their front porches during the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps breakfast, a birthday cake, clothes or shoes, Gutierrez said.

She had a heart for people who struggled in life, Gutierrez said, especially other single mothers: “She made sure to speak into those women’s lives and encourage them.”

Molina, along with other family members, worked at the Daily Breeze for years. Molina was in advertising sales.

“It’s something that happened to all of us, not just her,” Gutierrez said of the shooting. “It’s like this person shattered all of our worlds. It’s left us with fear, and there’s definitely still trauma.”

The shooting erupted when a gang feud was taking place but it wasn’t known if it was related.

“She did not do anything to prompt this,” the detective said.

Police asked that anyone with information regarding the shooting to call 877-LAPD-24-7.

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JUSTICE FOR ANGEL ROBERTO LEDESMA

Angel Roberto Ledesma, a 18-year-old Latino male, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 after being shot in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR JIONI MALIK KYLES

Jioni Malik Kyles, a 21-year-old black male, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 after being shot in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR BRAVES LEE SMITH II

Braves Lee II Smith, a 29-year-old Black male, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 after being shot near 6600 S. Denver Ave. in Harbor Gateway, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR GUADALUPE RUIZ

Guadalupe Ruiz, a 34-year-old Latino female, died Sunday, Dec. 26, after being shot near 1255 W. 16th St. in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE JASAY JATEM SANCHEZ

Justice Jasay Jatem Sanchez, a 19-year-old Latino female, died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022 at 831 N. Lagoon Ave., according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's records.

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JUSTICE FOR MONTE RUSSELL

Monte Russell, a 39-year-old black man, was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 21, 2016 in the 1700 block of East Washington Boulevard in Pasadena, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.  Around 5:30 p.m., Pasadena police responded to a shooting call near a row of stores. They found Russell lying in the parking lot of the shopping area, a news release said.  He was pronounced dead at 5:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records. Detectives were not able to identify a suspect, and no witnesses came forward with information, Lt. Terysa Rojas said.  “There is definitely a lot of fear surrounding this case,” she said. “A shooting happens in broad daylight and no one saw anything. That’s just not likely.”Anyone with information is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at (622) 744-4241 or Det. Diego Torres at (626) 744-4517.

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JUSTICE FOR ESTEPHAN HERNANDEZ

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.   His friend, a 21-year-old woman, was wounded and taken to the hospital. The woman is expected to survive her injuries, Mendoza said.  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.  Hernandez was a high-achieving sociology student at Cal State Long Beach who made the dean’s list and president’s list for academic achievement, said John Hamilton, assistant vice president of university access and retention.   “He was very studious, with great time-management skills,” Hamilton said. “He was talking about going to graduate school. He was a great candidate, not just because of his grades, but because he had the grit to go to the next level.”   Hernandez also was involved in the Men’s Success Initiative, a program designed to support black and Latino students in their studies.  “He really came into his own here,” Hamilton said of his time in college. “He was a very outgoing student and made many friends. Even in the class I taught, he was very helpful to his group.”  Hernandez had a way of putting people at ease, Hamilton said.  “People gravitated to him because he was such an easygoing person. He loved to laugh and make other people laugh.”  Hernandez graduated with honors in 2014 from King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles, where he served as class president, according to a fundraising site to help his family with expenses.   Hernandez would have been the first member of his family to graduate from college, according to the site.   “Please help us provide some comfort and peace of mind to a family that is deeply hurt by this hateful, unjust and unwarranted violence that occurred steps away from their home,” the site says.   A Facebook page called “Justice for Estephan” described Hernandez as “a charismatic and kind gentleman loved by everyone who did not deserve to be a victim of this unwarranted violence that is plaguing our communities.” Both sites urged people to come forward with information  about the shooting.   The university scheduled a memorial to honor Hernandez at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in the USU Ballrooms. Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Taylor released a statement calling Hernandez “an esteemed member of our Beach family.”  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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JUSTICE FOR DANIEL ANGEL ARVISO

On Saturday, October 13, 2007 at approximately 11:25 p.m. after finishing a full day of work, Daniel got a ride to his cousin's birthday part at his Aunt's house on Blinn Avenue, in Wilmington. His ride dropped him off on the corner of Blinn Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway leaving Daniel to walk a couple of blocks while still wearing his reflective work vest. In the 1400 block of Blinn Avenue, Daniel was approached by his murderer.  His family heard the gun shot and went out front to make sure the children playing in the yard were safe. His cousin was attending medical school so she approached the body lying on the curb to see if she could help before paramedics showed up. His face was covered with blood so she didn't recognize her cousin until she saw his ID. Daniel was transported to UCLA-Harbor General where he died a few hours later. This loving family was robbed of a valuable member that day.  If you have any information regarding this murder, please contact LAPD at 310-726-7887. All information will be kept strictly confidential.  Case #07-05-01388.

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JUSTICE FOR DAVID ESTUARDO MORALES

On Thursday, January 3, 2012 at approximately 7;30 pm Mr. Morales and a friend were walking northbound on Sawtelle Blvd. towards Pearl Street,. Unknown suspects approached on foot and asked them where they were from. Unknown suspect fired numerous times striking him. Mr. Morales died as a result of his injuries.  If you have any information regarding this murder please contact the LAPD West Bureau Homicide Division at 213-382-9470.  Case No 12-08-04130.

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JUSTICE FOR CARLOS LOPEZ

My brother was out with friends during the morning of Feb 24, 1991 getting food at a local food truck in Glassell Park.  He was 20 at the time and had spent the night with friends when they decided to go some food.  At some point while there a man came and became angry with my brother- there has never been clear details about what happened - but we were told my brother was looking toward the man and the man became angry - left and came back with a gun and shot my brother and one of the friends he was with. He was shot in the aorta and died at the hospital at LAMC ER.  The case was never solved and has remained a cold case.

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JUSTICE FOR RALPH LOPEZ

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JUSTICE FOR NATHAN ARNOLD HAYES

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JUSTICE FOR CARLOS REGALADO

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JUSTICE FOR ERIC VELASQUEZ

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JUSTICE FOR BRIALS McCUTCHEON

On Saturday, August 6, 2016, at approximately 1739 hours, Deputies from the Humboldt Sheriff's Office responde to an area on Crestview Drive in Eureka regarding the report of a suspicious circumstance.  On arrival, Deputies discoveered that a 41 year old Brials McCutcheon was in immediate need of medical attention.  McCutcheon was tranported by medical staff to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased by attending hospital staff.  The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has determined the death to be a homicide.  If anyone has any information that may be pertinent to the investigation, please contact Detective Mark Peterson at 268-3663 or Detective Sergeant Diana Freese at 268-3639.

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JUSTICE FOR ROBERT RUBEN VALDEZ

 

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JUSTICE FOR MIKEAL JAMES OLIVA

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JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL ALI HAMMONDS

Michael Ali Hammonds, a 20-year-old black man, was fatally shot on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the 16200 block of Hawthorne Boulevard in Lawndale, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Hammonds, an aspiring rap singer from Hyde Park, was with longtime friend Daevion Johnson, 21, and a group of other people accompanying a neighborhood rapper who had rented space at a studio, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Martindale. 

During a commotion when he thought he and his friends were going to be attacked, Johnson fired a gun three times and accidentally struck his friend Hammonds, the only injury, Martindale said.

Hammonds was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Martindale provided details of the events of the evening, which he said involved two fights and much confusion. 

Johnson's older brother owns the studio, and he and Hammonds had come down that night to watch and help, the investigator said. 

Around 7 p.m., the neighborhood rapper, who is a gang member, went outside to have a cigarette and spotted a man from a rival gang he claimed had pointed a gun at him the month before. 

The rapper's friends attacked the man, who had been sitting on a bus bench. They began "kicking and stomping him," Martindale said, until a bus pulled up and the driver shouted at them to stop before they killed the man. 

The beating victim walked away, yelling that he was going to get his gun and come back, and everyone else went back inside the studio, Martindale said. 

Without telling the others, the neighborhood rapper contacted two friends to come over and help provide protection, Martindale said. As they were settling back into the studio, someone began pounding on the main outside door. The group ran outside again, to be confronted by the beating victim, who had returned. 

As they ran outside, one member of the group slipped a small-caliber automatic gun to Johnson, whose job was to hold the self-locking door open so people could get back in. Johnson told investigators he had never used a gun before and put it in his pocket, Martindale said.

The group chased the beating victim to a nearby liquor store and then came back to the studio. As the last people filed inside, two men Johnson said he'd never seen before came running up to the door. 

Those men were the friends that the neighborhood rapper had called, Martindale said, but Johnson didn't know them, and he and others assumed they were with the beating victim, coming for revenge.

"Someone yelled, 'Shoot them, shoot them,' and Johnson, who is not a gang member, thinks he's about to lose his life, so he pulled the gun out of his pocket and shoots at them," Martindale said. "Unbeknownst to him, off to his left is his friend Michael Hammonds, trying to get inside, and his buddy gets shot in the chest."

No one else was injured, Martindale said. After the shooting, Johnson allegedly told investigators he threw the gun down the long hallway. "Someone picked it up and it was long gone" by the time deputies arrived, he said. 

Initially, Johnson didn't tell investigators he was the shooter, Martindale said, but he went home and told his mother what had happened. A few hours later, accompanied by his mother, he turned himself in at the Lawndale sheriff's station. 

Hammonds and Johnson had been good friends for at least five years, Martindale said, and neither was involved in gangs. Johnson "was very remorseful in his interview," he said. "The video evidence and physical evidence match his statement, so we have no doubt he's telling the truth."

Johnson was arrested and jailed after he gave his statement on Nov. 5 but released three days later after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to press charges. 

The DA's office "found there was no malice, " said Lt. Derrick Alfred. "He was acting in fear for his life and the lives of others, and the shooting was unintentional and accidental, so he was released.”

Martindale said he and his partner, Sgt. Gina Eguia, agreed with the DA's decision. 

"We did speak to Michael's family, and they understand why the DA didn't file charges," he said. "They know Daevion quite well, and they know he would never intentionally do anything to hurt Michael. ... Really, it was two lives destroyed by that shooting, no doubt. This will be hanging over his head for a long, long time." 

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JUSTICE FOR DWAYNE JACKSON, JR.

On October 18, 2001, Dwayne was out riding his biccycle with family and friends.  Shortly after 5:30, a car described as a 1980 Chevrolet Caprice, four-door sedan with a taxi cab sign attached to the top approached the group in front of 1473 E. Fernrock Street, Carson, CA.  Dwayne thought they were looking for directions but couldn't hear what was being said so he moved closer to the vehicle.  The passenger in the back seat shot Dwayne in the chest with a shot gun.  The driver was described as a black male, about 17-20 years old at the time, bald and wearing dark clothing  The back seat passenger was described as a dark complexion male with corn rows, also believed to range in age from 17 to 20 years old.  Anyone with information should contact Detective P. Martinez or Detective M. Lillenfeld at Los Angeles Sheriff Homicide Division (323) 890-5500.  File # 001-13670-1616-011.

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JUSTICE FOR EDUARDO LIRA

The victim of Santa Paula's first homicide of 2018 was identified Monday by the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

Eduardo Lira, 24, of Santa Paula, was found dead of a gunshot wound to his chest late Saturday, minutes after another gunshot victim had been reported in the emergency room of Santa Paula Hospital.

Lira's body was found around 11:52 p.m. when the Santa Paula Police Department received a call regarding a person down near the intersection of High and Sycamore streets.

Lira, who police said also went by the nickname "Lalo," was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.

In other news:

Less than 20 minutes earlier, at 11:35 p.m., police had been called to Santa Paula Hospital regarding a 24-year-old male shooting victim being treated there. Authorities described his injuries as not life-threatening.

Police believe the two 24-year-old victims were together at the time they were shot. The crime took place near the intersection where Lira was found, authorities said late Monday afternoon. The other victim had fled the scene and was taken to the hospital by a private party, according to police.

 

By Sunday afternoon, a makeshift memorial had been set up near Sycamore and High streets with a framed photo collage of Lira, prayer candles and red roses. Numerous people stopped by the corner to visit the site, with several saying they knew the young man in the photographs.

A few neighbors said they had heard gunshots or a ruckus during the night, but none had seen anything other than police cars that swarmed into the area and locked it down.

The intersection is located generally northeast of downtown Santa Paula, on the east side of Ojai Road, also called Highway 150, in a residential neighborhood with mostly single-family homes.

Any suspect or suspects were still at large as of Monday evening, officials said, and the shootings were being actively investigated by department detectives.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Ramzi Raad at 805-525-4474, ext. 211 or to remain anonymous, call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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JUSTICE FOR RUSSELL LAVELL McNEIL., jr.

Russell Lavell McNeil Jr., a 35-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 7, in the 1000 block of West 122nd Street in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Athens, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

McNeil was sitting on a block wall outside his house before 8 p.m., waiting for his date to pick him up, when someone with a gun approached and opened fire, said Sgt. Bill Cotter. 

After the shooting, the gunman got into a car, which drove away, Cotter said. Investigators don’t have a description of the shooter or the vehicle, and it’s not known if anyone else was in the car, Cotter said. 

McNeil was found on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds, and several bullet casings scattered on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:58 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

fundraising website has seen set up to create a reward for the arrest and conviction of McNeil’s killer. “This was a senseless murder of a young black man getting his life together,” the site says. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

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JUSTICE FOR SAMUEL BROCK MICHEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Michel, a 25-year-old white man, died Tuesday, April 10, in the 800 block of Serrano Street in Koreatown, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Police were called to the Villa Sir Francis Drake apartments about 2:40 a.m., where they found Michel with a knife in his back and stab wounds to his head.

Michel, who was neither conscious nor breathing, was inside a fifth-floor apartment.

A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance crew pronounced him dead.

Witnesses reported seeing another man in a white tank top leaving the area on a bicycle.

Since Jan. 1, 2007, there have been 35 homicides in Koreatown, according to the Times' Homicide Report.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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JUSTICE FOR DENYA RAE MARTIN

Demya Beatris Rae Martin, an 18-year-old black woman, died Wednesday, July 4, after she was shot in the 9100 block of South Western Avenue in Gramercy Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly after midnight, Martin was standing in front of a duplex with at least two other people when a person in a black hoodie walked up and began shooting, said Los Angeles Police Det. Chris Barling.

Martin was wounded multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 12:10 a.m., according to coroner’s records.

The gunman ran north to West 91st Street and got into a dark-colored sedan, Barling said.

Police believe the suspect was a gang member looking to find rivals in enemy territory. Martin was not a gang member.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 786-5113. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Witnesses have told detectives they saw the 24 year old woan dragged off a street near midnight in eastern Long Beach.  

The people forcibly put her in the car.  She did not willingly get into the car.

 

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