Esteban Garcia, 15
Esteban Garcia, a 15-year-old Latino youth, was shot at 2125 S. Hooper Ave. around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, according to LAPD Newton-area detectives. He was taken to County-USC Hospital, where he died. Garcia was driving a car out of an alley when the bullet hit him. His foot slammed into the accelerator, and the car lurched forward and flipped over. Garcia was a student in Santa Monica. His family had recently moved from the area, but he had returned to visit. (The picture at left was taken three years ago, when he was 12.) LAPD Newton detectives are at (323) 846-6556.
*Update: Newton detectives have cleared this case.