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'How is it that this happened to my son'

July 9, 2008 |  4:22 pm


On Wednesday morning, outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood Division, homicide detectives and City Councilman Eric Garcetti announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of Diego Cruz's killers. Above, Cruz's father, Martimiano Cruz, 38, speaks with reporters about his son.

According to authorities, 14-year-old Diego Cruz was on his way to a Sears store on Santa Monica Boulevard about 8 p.m.  on Christmas Eve when he was shot. Cruz collapsed in front of the store.

"It's been difficult,"  his father said. "Sometimes I don't sleep much because I'm up thinking: How is it that this happened to my son?"

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Hollywood detectives at (213) 972-2968.