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Richard Lopez, 17

March 28, 2008 |  7:10 am

Richard Lopez, a 17-year-old Latino youth, was mortally wounded after he was shot in the head at Aldgate Avenue and Blackwood Street in La Puente about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Lopez was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. According to Sgt. Craigh Ditsch of the L.A. County sheriff's homicide bureau, Lopez was walking home when gang members looking for rivals in the area approached Lopez and shot him. Louis Bachicha, 19, a Latino man, and Michael Montano, 20, a Latino man, were later arrested on suspicion of murdering Lopez.

Ditsch said Lopez was not affiliated with any gangs and that he had been enrolled in the Sheriff's Explorers program at Bassett High School in La Puente. Press-Telegram reports


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it use to be a racial thing that the latinos we'er taking the blacks out but now they seem to be turning their backs on their own now. but us as a human race need to know that we all bleed the same color blood RED. what did this young man do for you to seek him out. like the report says they were out looking for rival gang memebers. to the family if it had not been your love one it was going to be someone you feel me. my condolenses go out ot your family but please have in your maybe not now but down the road to be able to have forgiveness in you heart for these two young men that committed this murder. and to the murders family prayer is what you need in family for your love ones because you too have now lost them to the system that we descent people have to pay for and house for free. MAY GOD BLESS OUR CITY TOO HELP TAKE AND HEAL THIS HATRED THAT IS AMONG US>

This was NOT in La Puente...this was in unincorporated Los Angeles County. It doesn't matter to Richard Lopez--a good guy dead in the street--but this murder did not occur in La Puente. The city has always worked hard to reduce violence in La Puente, but all the murders and gang violence AROUND La Puente always gets 'credited' to the city when most of the violence occurs in the nearby county areas known as "La Puente".

The unincorporated county areas are not policed at a level anywhere approaching what La Puente pays for in terms of officers and units for law enforcement IN THE CITY.

A simple check of a map would show that Mr. Lopez was not murdered in La Puente. His death is a sad, angry tragedy. When are the politicians and the people going to OUTLAW GANGS--PERIOD. NOT just their violence, but there very existence! Anyone with proven gang 'membership'---straight to prison! And if they are in the country illegally---straight to prison then deportation!

So sorry for your loss. I too lost my brother to this kind of senselss violence. I found myself asking which would hurt more...to be the parents & loved ones of the victim, or the parents & loved ones of the murderer. Don't these individuals think about how much heartache they cause to their own as well as to the victim. So much heartache!

R.I.P RICHARD YOU WERE ALWAYS A GOOD GENTLEMAN AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN I AM SORRY FOR HIS FAMILYS LOSS AND I JUST WANT THEM TO KNOW THAT THEY RAISED A GOOD KID AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED BY MANNY PEOPLE FAMILY AND FREINDS........R.I.P ALWAYS MISSED RICHARD///////////////

I'm sorry Mr & Mrs Lopez for this great loss,
Richard has always been a good boy since he was a little boy, He now rests in peace and will always remain in our hearts.Our prayers go out to you and your family.

Santa Gloria

maybe these guys didnt kill them it says they are put under suspision not every one is a bad person maybe they just happened to be in that spot

I saw everything and me and my 6 year old daughter were almost shot driving by. I dont know the boy but It was so dark that all i saw was him fall of his bike. I am hope that they caught the right kids, they deserve to be in jail. I think that drugs or jealousy or just wanting that fame in their gang life brings teens to commit crimes. My heart as a Nurse goes out to Richard's Family and friends. I thank god me and my 6 year old were not killed. I hope god blesses the lopez family in this time of loss. RIP richard you will always be remembered............................
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This was NOT in La Puente...this was in unincorporated Los Angeles County. It doesn't matter to Richard Lopez--a good guy dead in the street--but this murder did not occur in La Puente. The city has always worked hard to reduce violence in La Puente, but all the murders and gang violence AROUND La Puente always gets 'credited' to the city when most of the violence occurs in the nearby county areas known as "La Puente".

The unincorporated county areas are not policed at a level anywhere approaching what La Puente pays for in terms of officers and units for law enforcement IN THE CITY.
Posted by: DavidLasher | April 02, 2008 at 09:49 AM


Does it really matter what city it was! My Brother was taken from us way too soon! And yet all you can think about is that it is tarnishing the city if La Puente!? Get over it!

Rest In Peace Richard. Everybody at Lp that knew you is really missing you. Hope you're riding your bike in heaven now with that big smile on your face.

sorry im so late 2 write a comment but i bin so sad about ur lost we all miss him he was a bright youmg man he loved every one around him with his big smile and how he always road around on his bike we all miss him but more we love him even tho he up in the in the sky we still have him in our hearts in loveing meory richard lopez 2008
from bobby

Im so sorry that this had to happend to th Lopez family theres so many victims of murder and that just makes me so mad because nobody should have to die like that. It sucks that Richard had to die like that he seemed like a great person even thought I never had a chance to speak to him I always seen him around I attended school with him for a few years when we were younger and was shocked to learn that he too had to be killed.My prayers to the Lopez family. R.I.P to Richard Lopez and also Edwin Sanchez who also was a victim of murder at a young age.

It has been a little over 4 months now since my little brother was taken from us..I want to thank all who have been a wonderful support to our family! There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about my little brother and miss him terribly And to those out there who have nothing nice to say about this situation,..please just do not say anything at all! I just pray that this never happens to you or your family..because this is not something I would want anyone to have to go through..once again thank you for all the support.

HI I JUST WANT 2 SEND OUT MY SYMPHATHY 2 ALL WHO KNOWS RICHARD AURTHER LOPEZ, I REMEMBER THE NIGHT HE WAS SHOT AS IF IT WAS JUST YESTURDAY. HE LIVED WITH MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY 4 A YEAR AND 1/2 I ENROLLED HIM IN THE EXPLORES PROGRAM AND IT WAS THE PRIDE OF MY HEART 2 TAKE HIM AND HER AND 2 SEE THEM GO THROUGH ALL THE PHYSICAL TRAINING HE DIDN'T GET 2 USE HIS UNIFORM BUT ON THAT SATURDAY HE WAS SUPPOSED 2 WEAR THE UNIFORM IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE 14TH WEEK IN THE PROGRAM MY DAUGHTER WENT ON AND GRADUATED IN HIS MEMORY SHE WORE HIS NAME TAG ON HER UNIFORM, AND ON GRADUATION WE HAD A MOMENT OF SILENCE AT THE CEREMONY HIS BROTHER ATTENDED AND WE TOOK HIS UNIFORM AND PLACED IT THER AS IF HE WAS THERE........MY DAUGHTER SINCE HAS CONTINUED IN THE PROGRAM ASLSO GRADUATING FROM SWAT AND SHE DOES THIS ALL FOR THE LOVE SHE HAS FOR RICHARD IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT HAVING HER LEFT BEHIND AS A MOTHER I WOULD HAVE BEEN OK IF SHE WOULD OF LEFT THIS EARTH AT LEAST SHE WOULD NOT FEEL THE PAIN SHE FEELS I DON'T WISH ANYONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS........AS FOR THE GUY'S YES THEY ARE LOCKED UP BUT THEY 2 ARE DEAD IN A SENCE THEY DON'T SEE THEIR GIRLFRIENDS,FAMILY COUSINS FRIENDS.ECT... AND ONE OF THEM IS GOING 2 BE A DAD HOW SAD IS THAT NOT TO BE AT YOUR CHILDS BIRTH BECAUSE YOU TOOK ANOTHER WOMANS CHILD........I DO ASK GOD AND MYSELF EVERY TIME I THINK OF THEM TO FORGIVE THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE SO WITH THIS I HOPE YOU KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT RICHARD A MAN TAKEN UP SO QUICKLY AND NOT HAVING A CHANCE TO SAY GOOD BYE 2 HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ........HE WAS A FIGHTER HE WAITED 4 US 2 GET 2 THE HOSPITAL 2 SHOW US HE WOULD BE OK IN HEAVEN WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH MY DEAR SON IN LAW LIKE YOU THERE WILL BE NO OTHER................

To Liz,

OH MY GOD!!!

you would have been ok with your daughter dying?

Did I read this correctly?

I can't even begin to have the words to express what I feel over that comment. It seems to me that you fell in love with your "son-in-law" and forgot to love your daughter. As a daughter how in the world does she even being to comprehend what you wrote?

If I ever read that my mother wrote about me dying and she being ok with it...I can't even being to imagine the hurt I would feel! How in the world can you love a boy a stranger more than your own daughter? I certainly hope that this child that you gave birth to NEVER reads this post. To carry with her the anger and hurt to read that her death would be better for you than life. What a mother. Congratulations I guess you're right at the top of the list next year for mother of the year. I gotta go now before I write something really really stupid.

she did not say she wished her daughter to die INSTEAD of richard
she meant in addition to
she was shot as well
she loved him
she has taken this so hard and for awhile wished she had died along side her love
you cannot comprehend until you are put into that situation
it is something no one wishes upon their worst enemy

think about that

Dear whatever,

did you read your post before you hit the send button? You stated: she did not wish her daughter dead instead of Richard but in addition to Richard.

Now her quote: "It has been very difficult having her left behind as a mother I would have been ok if she would have left this earth."

So bottom line she still wishes her daugher death in comparision to having the time to deal with this death. I still don't understand that at all!!!

I would never say to myself let alone anyone else including the whole bloody world that I wish my daughter death instead of time to heal. Speaking as a mother I would give my own life for my child and I would want to die if it would some how help her. I would NEVER post that I wish my child to die. Bottom line even if she wrote that she would as you stated she would rather have her child die in addition to Richard how can she look at her daughter every day knowing that in the back of her head she would rather have her child dead then to have to deal with the heartache of loss? I think a big reason that this young lady has not recoverd from the loss his her mother. Who misses and cherishis the life of this young man Richard over her own daughter. May someone or something have mercy on this so called mother's soul. All of us get over or come to grips with loss, all of us!! There isn't ONE person in this world that has not had someone die. There are quite a few people who have said I don't know what I'm going to do, I don't know how to go on with out...., Why couldn't it have been me? Come to think of it why didn't the mother wish her own death? The outcome would have been the same, she wouldn't have to "deal" with the sorrow of her daughter. I still say this was the wrong statement to put out for the whole world to read. How sad, that this daughter was too much work for the mother to deal with.

it will be a year next week, but it feels like it happened last week. i still cant believe we dont have my brother here with us anymore. he was the best big brother anyone could have. we all miss him so much. the guys were found giulty on thursday and the sentencing will be i believe next thursday the day after the annversery of his death. he would do anything, for anyone. he loved everyone. thats why i cant understand why anyone would have done this to him. these to cowards that killed my brother, has caused so much sadness to so many people because he was loved by everyone. he will be forerver missed by all of us rip peace big brother



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