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Santa Monica: Richard Juarez, 20

November 9, 2009 |  8:35 pm

Richard Juarez, a 20-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the 200 block of Virginia Avenue in Santa Monica, authorities said. L.A. Now has the full story: 4 reputed gang members held in Santa Monica slaying

The location where Richard Juarez was shot. Credit: Google Maps

Four reputed gang members were booked on suspicion of murder today in connection with a shooting at a Santa Monica park that left one man dead and prompted police to beef up patrols in the area, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday at Virginia Avenue Park, next to a police substation and recreation center where the city's Police Activities League sponsors sports programs to help keep youths out of trouble.

Santa Monica police said they had teamed up with Los Angeles Police Department detectives to determine whether the attack was connected to a deadly shooting several hours earlier in Venice. One of the alleged gang members taken into custody was from Venice, Santa Monica police said.

"Our detectives are working with LAPD detectives to see if there was any commonality between the two shootings," said Sgt. David Hunscke of the Santa Monica Police Department.

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Map: The location where Richard Juarez was shot. Credit: Google Maps

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Unfortunately the Pico neighborhood around 20th street is ground zero for the worst in Santa Monica. Although I don't believe Richard Juarez was a gang member, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, one news report had him leaving an art class at Virginia Park only to find some gang members taking shots at him outside.

As you stated, Richard's murder may very well be connected to an earlier murder in Venice. William McKillian was gunned down a couple of hours earlier in an alley in the Oakwood section of Venice. Richard Juarez's murder may have been retaliation for his death.

This would not be unprecedented as a similiar tit for tat happened awhile back where the Pico neighborhood was shot up and then a man was killed on Washington in front of a liquor store hours later. The man killed at the liquor store didn't have anything to do with gangs either.


The apartments around there are the very last place in Santa Monica where drugs are openly dealt. It's beyond me why landlords aren't held accountable for the continued criminal activity of their tenants. Get 'em out.


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