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Herbert Stevens III, 47

September 10, 2007 |  1:10 pm

Stevens_herbert_5Herbert Stevens, 47, a black man, was shot and killed on a palm-lined block of 1700 39th Street in Southwest Los Angeles at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, and died at 5:28 a.m., said LAPD Det. Robert Lait. He was standing outside; the killers drove up and shot him, he said.      

Stevens was a graduate of Los Angeles Trade-Tech college and a father of three who had worked at the Department of Water & Power as an electrician and also worked as a neighborhood handyman. Investigators think he may have been killed simply because he looked much younger than his 47 years: His 11-year-old daughter said he came to her school once, and her teachers mistook him for her older brother. See "Coping with Homicide at age 11"

Stevens_herbert_shrineDetectives are seeking any information, including anonymous tips, on the shooting at 1756 W. 39th Street at about 2:20 a.m. Sept. 5. Although another shooting occurred earlier at Martin Luther King Jr. Park a block away, the two shootings are not believed to be related, they say. LAPD Dets. Robert Lait and Stacey Szymkowiak can be reached at (213) 485-1383.

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