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Category: Lynwood

Lynwood: Esperanza Serrano, 66

October 15, 2009 |  3:16 pm

Esperanza Serrano, 66 Esperanza Serrano, a 66-year-old Latina,  was shot to death Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lynwood, authorities said.

Police have released a composite sketch and description of the suspect in her killing.

Serrano was discovered at her check-cashing business when a postal worker arrived to deliver her mail and noticed something was out of place, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Det. Mark Lillienfeld.

The postal worSerrano_suspectker, who had walked  the same mail route for years, called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. on Oct. 7, after noticing that a single shoe was lying in the lobby of Serrano's business, Lillienfeld said. Serrano, a grandmother of eight, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Serrano's daughter, Elizabeth Tejada, 41, said her mother had been robbed three times in the last year but refused to be intimidated, returning to work the morning after each incident.

The location where Serrano was found dead. Credit Google Maps Lillienfeld said the motive in Serrano's killing appeared to be robbery. Police are still taking inventory of her store to determine what, if anything, was stolen.

A man was seen running from the scene wearing a black hooded zip-up sweatshirt and black jeans. Police said witnesses described him as a Latino, about 5 feet, 6 or 7  inches tall and overweight at 180 to 200 pounds. The man sought by authorities appeared to be about 25 to 30 years old, and has thick, bushy eyebrows, Lillienfeld said.

Anyone with information about this killing, or who recognizes the suspect, is asked to call Sheriff's homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

-- Anthony Pesce

For more times coverage of Serrano's killing read: Customers mourn slain Lynwood merchant

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Top photo: Esperanza Serrano, 66. Credit: Serrano family. Bottom photo: A police composite sketch of the man suspected of killing Serrano.

Map: The location where Serrano was found dead. Credit Google Maps

Times coverage: Grandmother of eight shot to death at her Lynwood check-cashing business

October 9, 2009 | 11:25 am


The Times' Esmeralda Bermudez covers the slaying of Esperanza Serrano, a 66-year-old Latina who was shot and killed at her check-cashing business in Lynwood on Wednesday:

She could have quit the business 20 years ago when her husband passed away, closed down the storefront when her children offered to care for her. Or Esperanza Serrano could have quietly slipped into retirement when she turned 62.

But at 66 years old, she loved running her check-cashing business. From behind her glass window along the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lynwood, she greeted a loyal clientele that she built over three decades.

Buenos dias, Doña Esperanza! customers called out, and she cashed their checks, sometimes for free. She lent them money and, now and then, helped them find work.

As customers pulled up in front of Century Check Cashing on Thursday morning they were shocked and saddened to find her window shut, her office closed.

Inside, homicide detectives combed for clues in the shooting death Wednesday of Serrano, a grandmother of eight.

Read more of Bermudez's story: Customers mourn slain Lynwood merchant

[An earlier version of this post incorrectly gave Serrano's age as 62 in the introduction to the excerpt.]

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Photo: Rudy Simmons of Palmdale makes the sign of the cross after lighting a candle at a memorial for Esperanza Serrano at Century Check Cashing in Lynwood. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Lynwood: Richard Travion, 17

September 25, 2009 |  1:05 pm

The location where Richard Travion was shot.

Richard Travion, a 17-year-old black youth, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, after he was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies in the 3100 block of Banning Street in Lynwood, authorities said.

Two deputies from a Sheriff's Department gang enforcement team were driving along Banning Street when they saw Travion, whom they said they saw run from them earlier in the evening.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff's Department, the two deputies "attempted to contact the suspect" when he took a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the deputies.

According to Los Angeles County coroner's records, the deputies shot Travion several times in the arms, chest and back. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

According to the statement, deputies recovered a handgun from the scene.

-- Anthony Pesce

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

Lynwood: Guillermo Saucedo, 23

August 11, 2009 | 10:55 pm

The location where Saucedo, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot by Sheriff's deputies.Guillermo Saucedo, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot several times by deputies and died Friday, August 7, in the 12700 block of Waldorf Drive in Lynwood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Saucedo allegedly pulled a gun on sheriff’s officials as they were trying to disperse a house party in Lynwood and was shot and killed by deputies, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said.

Deputies arrived at the house in the 12700 block of Waldorf Drive about 11:30 p.m. and were ushering out guests when the suspect “made a furtive movement and began walking away from the deputies,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

As the deputies tried to catch up to Saucedo, he pulled out a handgun, the statement said.
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Compton: Dominique Johnson, 28

July 13, 2009 |  4:05 pm

Dominique Johnson, a 28-year-old black man, was shot and killed July 5 in the 1300 block of North Tamarind Avenue in Compton, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Johnson, of Lynwood, was sitting in a car with his girlfriend about midnight when another car pulled up and someone fired several shots at them, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

Johnson was taken to a hospital, where he died 23 minutes later, Winter said.

-- Anthony Pesce

Lynwood: Adolfo Medina, 61

July 6, 2009 | 10:20 pm

Adolfo Medina, a 61-year-old Latino, was shot and stabbed several times and died July 1 in the 11300 block of Ernestine Avenue in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Medina, a Lynwood city employee, was attacked in the yard of the Lynwood Department of Public Works, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Medina went to the yard about 5:30 a.m., and sometime later that morning he got into an argument that resulted in the attack, according to the Sheriff's Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:32 a.m., coroner's investigators said.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

-- Anthony Pesce


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