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Ricardo Rivera Jr., 18

March 12, 2008 |  2:20 pm

Rivera_ricardo_2Ricardo Rivera Jr., 18, a young Latino man, was fatally shot at about 9:15 p.m. in the 300 block of East 80th Street in South-Central Los Angeles Thursday, March 13. Rivera was standing on the driveway when a 13-year-old youth approached and allegedly shot him. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced Rivera dead at the scene. Police later arrested the 13-year-old youth on suspicion of murder that day. Rivera_ricardohis_niece_2 He was booked at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Detectives said the pair had quarreled the previous day. Rivera's family described him as a happy young man who was contemplating going back to school. His mother made a point of expressing deep gratitude to the witnesses who had cooperated with the police investigation. "Thank them in my name," she told a reporter. Right, his niece wears a memorial T-shirt.