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Steeling themselves

November 14, 2007 |  6:26 pm

Daniel_2 Mireya

(Norma Lorena Rodriguez's two children, Daniel (top) and Mireya Valenzuela,  reacted similarly to a Channel 62 news reporter who questioned them about their mother's murder at a news conference Wednesday in Inglewood. Both took long breaths before speaking, stood rigid, and answered mechanically, in quiet voices. Mireya Valenzuela nearly lost her composure for one brief second. Asked about her childhood with her mother, she teared up, pressed her lips together, squeezed her eyes with her hand, stared into the distance for a moment, and then set her jaw and finished the interview as if nothing had happened.)

Inglewood Police on Wednesday appealed for the public's help in locating the third suspect in a robbery-double homicide case that took the life of real-estate agent Norma Lorena Rodriguez, 48, and insurance salesman Joel Perez. The killings took place Sept. 26 in the office the pair shared at 415 W. Manchester Boulevard.

Perez_joelsuspect_in_his_murder Two Latino suspects, a 16-year-old and a 26-year-old, have been arrested, and face murder robbery and kidnapping charges in the case. A third suspect, 24-year-old Julius Laulu, right, remains at large, and may be in the Salt Lake City area. He is considered armed and dangerous. Inglewood police are at (310) 412-5246.

Update: Suspect Julius Laulu was captured in Provo, Utah on Nov. 19. Authorities said a relative saw mention of him on the latimes.com website, and called police to say his nephew was in the house. The police came, and called the relative, who sent Laulu out to turn himself in. He is being held without bail, and faces extradition.


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Your update is full of crap. Julius voluntarily turned himself in. We set it up for him to meet one of his aunties and all cousins at a certain place. We called one of the authorities to pick him up and authority showed up with his partner. None of them had any recollection including Julius himself of such any forementioned crime about him. Julius was treated with fairness (no handcuffs) and took off with the officers. He spent ample times with his relatives taking pictures before his departure. If you don't have straight facts, then SHUT YOUR MOUTH. I've always knew media gives crap stories, GOSSIP, but you're the worse idiot with untrue facts. Goodluck Julius! I love you so much and I believe in you. You're always a special boy. You got the heart and you're the man for turning yourself in. We'll be right behind supporting you all the way with your trials. How many cowards and animals who can turn themselves in? This proves that he ain't none of that.

Julius Laulu is a murderer, why would anyone come to this website and defend him in any manner? So what if he turned himself in, at least he is able to do that. As for the woman he KILLED she no longer has the ability to do anything. I say let him rot in hell.

Unknow,

what difference does it make it he turned himself in or was captured? He KILLED someone! Geez, I think your anger is pointed in the wrong direction. He isn't a MAN for turning himself in. He just got tired of running both physically and mentally. SO he turned himself in what would you have liked a red carpet and a standing ovation? Get real he was involved one way or another with the taking of TWO lives. So some of the info is jadded...I'm sure his story is jadded too.

I just happen to read some of these stories and it is soooooooooooooooo sad that these children had to die , they didn't even have a chance to enjoy life, life is a gift , why can't everyone realize that life is to short and we should enjoy every day that we have , It's a CRAZY world and thank god that once we leave this world , WE ARE NOT COMING BACK !

I'VE KNOWN JULIUS FOR QUITE A WHILE AND HE HAS BEEN A TROUBLED KID HIS WHOLE LIFE. YOU PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE'S BEEN THROUGH....AND YES, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WHAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN WAS RIGHT....BUT NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE ANYONE BUT GOD AND THAT'S WHO MATTER'S THE MOST. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT WENT DOWN THAT DAY BUT JULIUS, THE OTHER TWO SUSPECTS AND GOD...SO BEFORE YOU START CALLING HIM AN ANIMAL AND A COWARD AND EVEN A MURDERER....YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!! YOU NEED TO STOP POINTING FINGERS AT JULIUS AND START POINTING AT THOSE OTHER TWO HISPANIC MALES THAT WERE INVOLVED AS WELL. IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW....THEY PERSONALLY KNEW THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED AND KILLED THEM FOR A REASON.....JULIUS JUST GOT CAUGHT UP IN IT AT THE WRONG TIME. FOR YOUR INFORMATION, TO SEE A SAMOAN PERSON BEING PUT IN JAIL FOR MURDERING INNOCENT VICTIMS IS VERY RARE TO SEE, BUT IF YOU WAKE UP EVERYDAY AND TURN YOUR TV ON....WHO'S ALWAYS ON THE NEWS KILLING AND HURTING INNOCENT LIVES? NOT US!! SO BEFORE YOU GO TALKING ABOUT SAMOAN PEOPLE...YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOUR OWN ETHNICITY AND TELL ME WHO THE ANIMALS ARE!!!! AS FOR JULIUS.......WE JUST WANNA SAY THAT WE LOVE YOU AND THAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AS WELL AS FOR THE FAMILIES THAT ARE HURT FROM THIS. WE WILL STAND BY YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, BUT WE HOPE YOU WILL KEEP GOD BY YOUR SIDE AT ALL TIMES, BECAUSE YOU NEED HIM NOW MORE THAN EVER!!! NO MATTER WHAT YOU DID WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU.....BUT YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND REPENT FOR YOUR SINS SO THAT GOD CAN FORGIVE YOU FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS,
YOUR FAMILY

*~*TO THOSE FAMILYS THAT HAD LOSTED THERE LOVD ONES I AM TRULEY SORRY*~*
i KNOW LOSING SOMEONE YOU TRUELY LOVE IS THE HARDEST THING THAT GOD PUTS BEFORE US. IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE ALL THIS HAS HAPPENED BUT LIKE YOU GUYS AND I WE HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON WE WILL ALWAYS MISS THE PERSON THAT WE HAVE LOST. YOU GUYS HAVE LOST A MOTHER AND A FRIEND AND I HAVE LOST MY BROTHER. THE BROTHER THAT HAD ALWAYS BEEN THERER FOR ME THE BROTHER THAT HELPED ME THROUGH ANYTHING. tHAT WOULD GIVE ME HIS LIFE IF HE COULD. i CANT SIT HEAR AND SAY THAT WHAT MY BROTHER IS BEING ACCOUSED FOR IS RIGHT AND LIKE SOMEONE ELSE DONE SAID ON HERE WE DONT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED ON SEPTEBER 24 NO ONE DOES. i KNOW THAT EVERY ONE IS ANGRY. ANGRY BECAUSE INNOCENT PEOPLE HAD BEEN LOST BUT GOD HAS A PLANN FOR ALL OF US. I LOVE MY BROTHER AND UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR LOST IS AS DEEP AS OURS. ONCE AGAIN I TRUELY WANT TO SAY THAT I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE AND THAT HONESTLY I WISH THAT ALL THIS COULD NEVER TAKEN PLACE. BUT IT HAS AND IT HAS LEFT 2 5 FAMILYS DEEPLY HURT AND CAUSED THEM PAIN. SO LETS STOP ALL THE BICKERING. IT DOESNT BRING THEM BACK AND IT WONT LET MY BROTHER OUT OF JAIL. I LOVE YOU JULIUS LAULU AND NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I AM NOT PRAYING FOR YOU AND KEEPING YOU WITH IN MY HEART. NO MATTER WHAT HAS HAPPENED YOUR MY BROTHER BEFORE ANYTHING AND I LOVE YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THE SOULS THAT HAVE HATE TOWARDS YOU. LET THEM EASE THERE HEARTS AND MAY THEY HAVE MERCY ON THERE SOULS!!!!I LOVE YOU BROTHER!!!UR BABY SIS !!!LAH!!!

How can you say is "THEY PERSONALLY KNEW THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED AND KILLED THEM FOR A REASON.. Now explain something to me who were they to decide when they can take someone life or not. You are talking about 2 people that would wake up every morning and go to work so that they can support their Family. Now Mr. Perez was the greatest person in the WORLD and that is a FACT!! he would go out of he's way to help people regardless of what "ETHNICITY" you were. He didn't know how to say NO and for someone that was kind and giving didn't have to go that way regardless of anything. He had a loving family and a young daughter that admired her daddy now how do you explain to her that she will no longer see her daddy? So the three suspect that are being accuse should pay the price and suffer the consequences. Regardless of your childhood still doesn't give you the right to decides how your gonna hurt someone And if either of the suspects didn't want to commit the crime then they should of been MAN enough to walk away or prevent it. EITHER WAY THERE IS NOTHING THAT ANYONE CAN SAY OR DO TO BRING THE VICTIMS BACK BUT COME JUDGMENT DAY THE SUSPECTS WILL PAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JULIUS...WUZZZ GOODIE!!!...JULIUS WAS A COO PERSON TO TALK TO. eVEN THROUGH I HARDLY SEEN HIM AROUND AT CHURCH BUT WHEN I DID WE KICKED IT OFF BY TALKING ABOUT RANDOM STUFF..JUS KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND DONT LET YOUR SHIELD DOWN..PPL WILL ALWAY TALK THERE MESS AND TRY TO PUT YOU DOWN AND THE FAMILY, BUT ALL YOU CAN DO I STAND STRONGE. DONT WORRIE FRIENDS COME AND GO BUT FAMILYS ARE ALSO THERE. **FAMILIES ARE FOREVER** (REMEMBER THAT))..TAKE CARE BRO...LOVE YA.....MUR



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