The Homicide Report

The Times chronicles L.A. County
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Category: Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights: Jose Fuentes, 43

December 18, 2009 |  2:34 pm

Map: The location where Jose Fuentes was beaten and stabbed. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Jose Fuentes, a 43-year-old Latino, was beaten and stabbed Monday, Dec. 7, in the 2500 block of East Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights. He died three days later at a hospital, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Craig Harvey, chief coroner investigator, said Fuentes apparently grabbed a baseball bat and confronted two people. One person then pulled out a knife and stabbed him.

He was stabbed about 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and died at 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 10, Harvey said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Jose Fuentes was beaten and stabbed. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Boyle Heights: Luis Eduardo Perez, 15

December 11, 2009 |  2:28 pm

The location where Luis Eduardo Perez was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Luis Eduardo Perez, a 15-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Dec. 7, in the 2100 block of East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights, authorities said.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Perez was standing near a bus stop when someone walked up to him and shot him several times.

The shooting happened about 7:30 a.m. and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead 10 minutes later. Police are calling the killing gang-related.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Luis Eduardo Perez was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Boyle Heights: Ademio Morales, 43

November 16, 2009 |  4:55 pm

The location where Ademio Morales was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Ademio Morales, a 43-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the 1200 block of LaPuerta Street in Boyle Heights, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Det. DeWayne Fields said a neighbor heard a gunshot, looked outside and saw Morales running. He ran about the length of two houses and collapsed. Morales was shot about 8:40 p.m. and pronounced dead at 8:48 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Fields said a white car was seen speeding away, but detectives are unsure if the car had anything to do with the shooting. Fields said detectives have no witnesses and no suspects in the killing.

Morales had no gang ties, and detectives do not believe this was a gang killing.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Ademio Morales was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Boyle Heights: Armando Castaneda, 51

November 16, 2009 |  4:53 pm

The location where Armando Castaneda was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Armando Castaneda, a 51-year-old Latino, was shot Tuesday, Nov. 10, at his home in the 2600 block of Michigan Avenue in Boyle Heights, authorities said.

Castaneda had been in a monthlong dispute with his roommate, Albino Pena, a 53-year-old black man, said Los Angeles Police Det. DeWayne Fields. The two had apparently quarreled over privacy issues, and about 8 p.m. on the day of the shooting, Pena allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Castaneda in the back of the head.

Fields said Pena then left town and went to Las Vegas, leaving Castaneda at their residence. Pena returned on Nov. 12 and called 911 to report the crime. He apparently told detectives he turned himself in because he wanted to do the right thing. Coroner's officials listed Nov. 12 as his date of death, although it was unclear how long Castaneda lived after he was shot.

Pena was arrested Nov. 12. Jane Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said prosecutors are charging him with one count of murder.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Armando Castaneda was shot. Click for the Boyle Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Boyle Heights: Daisy Flores, 26

September 11, 2009 |  5:55 pm

The location where Daisy Flores was shot eight years ago. Click for demographic information about this area. Daisy Flores, a 26-year-old Latina, died Friday, Sept. 4 from complications related to a shooting eight years ago at Malabar Street and Evergreen Avenue in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Flores was shot in the spine in a gang-related shooting. The gunfire left her a quadriplegic, he said. 

Winter said Flores died of pneumonia. She was in a hospital at the time of her death.

No information about the circumstances surrounding her shooting eight years ago was immediately available.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Daisy Flores was shot eight years ago. Click for Boyle Heights' Mapping L.A. page, which compiles demographic information about the neighborhood.


Boyle Heights: Roberto Alcazar Valencia, 29

July 13, 2009 |  4:22 pm

Roberto Alcazar Valencia, a 29-year-old Latino, was shot in the chest and back and died on July 6 in the 700 block of North Soto Street in Boyle Heights, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Police found Valencia shot in his home about 7:40 a.m. after neighbors witnessed the shooting and called police, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department paramedics, according to the LAPD.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Hollenbeck Division Det. Negrete at 323-526-3679.

-- Anthony Pesce


Boyle Heights: Pedro Xochipa, 21

July 13, 2009 |  4:09 pm

Pedro Xochipa, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot in the head July 4 in the 3400 block of Eagle Street in Boyle Heights and died the next day, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Xochipa was attending a Fourth of July party when there was an argument and confrontation, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Xochipa was shot during the argument, and the suspect fled the scene, Winter said.

The argument and shooting happened about 11:30 p.m., and Xochipa was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:30 a.m.  July 5.

-- Anthony Pesce



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