The Homicide Report

The Times chronicles L.A. County
homicide victims

Category: Shooting

Pico Rivera: Erick Roche, 17

November 30, 2009 |  5:16 pm

The Location where Erick Roche Jr. was shot. Credit: Google Maps Erick Roche Jr., a 17-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Nov. 19, in the 6400 block of Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera, authorities said.

Roche was discovered after a person driving by saw a body in the street and called police, said DeputyAura Sierra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Roche was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:56 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244 or the Sheriff’s Department at (323) 890-5500.

-- Seema Mehta

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Map: The location where Erick Roche Jr. was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Long Beach: Frank Castro Jr., 19

November 30, 2009 |  5:11 pm

The location where Frank Castro Jr. was shot. Credit: Google Maps Frank Castro Jr., a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Nov. 19, in the 3600 block of Santa Fe Avenue in Long Beach, according to police spokeswoman Jackie Bezart.

According to authorities, Castro and two other men were approached by a gunman on foot outside a liquor store about 11:30 p.m. All three men were hit -- Castro was shot several times and pronounced dead at the scene. The other two men, 18 and 40 years old, were treated at a hospital and released.

Police believe the shooting was gang-related.

-- Seema Mehta

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Map: The location where Frank Castro Jr. was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Santa Fe Springs: Leonard Soliz Jr., 35

November 16, 2009 |  5:10 pm

The location where Leonard Soliz and Celeste Jimenez were found shot. Credit: Google Maps Leonard Soliz Jr., a 35-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 15, in the 11500 block of Los Nietos Road in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said.

Soliz and Celeste Jimenez, a 31-year-old Latina, were both shot in the head and pronounced dead in a parking lot about 2:45 a.m., according to coroner's records. 

Two Whittier police officers conducting a traffic stop on Norwalk Boulevard heard gunshots about 2 a.m. and began searching the area, Lt. Carlos Solorza said. They found the victims but did not see a suspect.

The relationship of the man and the woman was not known, police said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Corina Knoll and Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Leonard Soliz and Celeste Jimenez were found shot. Credit: Google Maps


Santa Fe Springs: Celeste Jimenez, 31

November 16, 2009 |  5:08 pm

The location where Leonard Soliz and Celeste Jimenez were found shot. Credit: Google Maps Celeste Jimenez, a 31-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 15, in the 11500 block of Los Nietos Road in Santa Fe Springs, authorities said.

Jimenez and Leonard Soliz Jr., a 35-year-old Latino, were both shot in the head and pronounced dead in a parking lot about 2:45 a.m., according to coroner's records. 

Two Whittier police officers conducting a traffic stop on Norwalk Boulevard heard gunshots about 2 a.m. and began searching the area, Lt. Carlos Solorza said. They found the victims but did not see a suspect.

The relationship of the man and the woman was not known, police said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Corina Knoll and Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Leonard Soliz and Celeste Jimenez were found shot. Credit: Google Maps


Harvard Park: Mulindwa Traylor, 24

November 16, 2009 |  5:06 pm

The location where Mulindwa Traylor was shot. Click for the Harvard Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Mulindwa Traylor, a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the 1500 block of West 55th Street in Harvard Park, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Det. Carlos Velasquez said Traylor was a documented member of the 55 Neighborhoods gang who was driving about 1:45 a.m. when he thought he saw a friend.

Velasquez said police determined that at that time, Traylor got out of his car and walked up to the man, a male black, and realized he was actually a rival gang member.

The shooter, a documented member of the 107 Hoovers, asked Traylor where he was from and shot him several times, Velasquez said. The man was arrested over the weekend, and Velasquez said he will be charged by Tuesday morning.

Velasquez declined to identify the suspect until charges are filed.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Mulindwa Traylor was shot. Click for the Harvard Park Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Florence: Jermaine Tillman, 30

November 16, 2009 |  5:01 pm

The location where Jermaine Tillman was shot. Click for the Florence Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Jermaine Tillman, a 30-year-old black man, died after he was taken off life support Thursday, Nov. 12, five days after he was shot while walking out of a market at 701 East Manchester Avenue in Florence, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Det. Carlos Velasquez said Tillman was shot about 7 p.m. on Nov. 7. The suspect, whom witnesses described as a black man driving a light-colored four-door sedan, has not been identified and is at large, Velasquez said.

Tillman was shot in the neck and taken to the hospital, where he remained on life support until his death. Though Tillman was not a documented gang member, Velasquez said his death being investigated as a gang killing because of the manner and location of the shooting.

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Map: The location where Jermaine Tillman was shot. Click for the Florence 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.


Mid-Wilshire: Daniel Carlon, 23

November 16, 2009 | 11:34 am

Daniel Carlon, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Los Angeles Police Department officers  Thursday, Nov. 12, in the 1300 block of Cochran Avenue in Mid-Wilshire, authorities said.

The shooting took place after officers escorted Flor Medrano, a 30-year-old Latina, home after she filed a domestic abuse report. The officers were waiting outside Medrano's apartment when they heard screams and went to investigate. Carlon had apparently gotten into the apartment through a window and fatally stabbed Medrano before officers shot him, authorities said.

Times' reporters Baxter Holmes, Andrew Blankstein and Rich Connell have the full story: Man eludes police to kill woman

The location where Flor Medrano was stabbed. Click for the Mid-Wilshire Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.

Los Angeles police investigators are trying to piece together how a highly determined attacker eluded officers watching a Mid-City apartment and managed to kill a woman who had just filed a domestic violence complaint.

Wilshire Division officers who specialize in domestic abuse were on the lookout for the man after taking Flor Medrano's report, counseling her and returning her to her Cochran Avenue apartment Wednesday evening.

The officers escorted Medrano, 30, to her door, checked to make sure the apartment appeared safe and then returned to their unmarked patrol car to watch for the suspect, officials said.

The officers later tried to check on Medrano via cellphone and tell her they were leaving but were cut off. When they reestablished contact and heard screaming, the officers rushed to the apartment and saw a man stabbing Medrano.

Unable to gain entry through a metal security door, the officers fired through a front window, fatally wounding the attacker, according to police sources who asked not to be named because of the ongoing investigation.

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-- Anthony Pesce

Map: The location where Daniel Carlon was shot. Click for the Mid-Wilshire Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Times coverage: Funeral held for Melody Ross, 16

November 15, 2009 |  9:42 am

Chantha Ross, right, puts a rose on the casket of her daughter, Melody.

The Times' Ruben Vives reports from Saturday's funeral for Melody Ross, a 16-year-old Cambodian American teen who was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 30, in the 4400 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach while leaving her high school's homecoming football game. Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis, both 16-year-old black males, have been charged as adults in her slaying, which authorities say was gang-related. From the report:

Melody Ross, the Wilson High School honors student whose shooting death after a Long Beach football game touched off an outpouring of sympathy from around the country, was buried Saturday in Whittier.

A hushed throng of family members, friends and dignitaries gathered at SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, where her first name was spelled out in a collage of photographs taken over the 16 years of her life.

A slide show was screened above her open wooden casket, set amid wreaths of flowers. Nearby, a Wilson football helmet, a Gatorade bottle and a football sat on marble stands, each bearing signatures of those who knew her.

Looking over the crowd, Melody's uncle, Sam Che, 36, said he was touched by the expressions of love for his niece. He pointed to a photograph of Melody and gently said, "Look at her smile."

Read the complete story: Funeral held for Melody Ross, teenager shot after high school football game

Photo: Chantha Ross, right, puts a rose on the casket of her daughter, Melody. As the three-hour funeral service ended, other mourners also placed roses there. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times


West Hills: Donna Edwards, 66

November 13, 2009 |  9:49 pm

The location where Donna Edwards was shot. Click for the West Hills Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Donna Edwards, a 66-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Monday, Nov. 2, in the 7900 block of McLaren Avenue in West Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Edwards was killed in her home by her husband in a murder suicide. Authorities identified the man found dead at the scene as Craig Edwards, 62.

The couple's bodies were discovered shortly after 10 a.m., Winter said.

Donna Edwards' co-workers had gone to the home after she did not show up for work and did not answer her phone, Los Angeles police said. A neighbor who had a key let them into the residence, where they found Donna Edwards dead in the master bedroom and Craig Edwards' body on the kitchen floor.

Coroner's officials have not yet determined his cause of death.

Detectives found several weapons in the home, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Topanga Area Homicide Detectives Foster Rains or Ammon Williams at 818-756-4820. 

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Donna Edwards was shot. Click for the West Hills Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.



Monterey Park: Zhi Hu, 47

November 13, 2009 |  9:44 pm

The location where Zhi Hu was shot. Credit: Google Maps Zhi Hu, a 47-year-old Asian man, was shot and killed Friday, Nov. 6, in the 200 block of East Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

The shooting happened after Hu walked into an employment agency and got into an argument with someone, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

That person pulled out a gun at shot Hu in the face, Winter said. The shooter is described in a Sheriff's Department news release as an Asian man.

Hu was shot about 9 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene at 9:31 p.m., Winter said. Sheriff's homicide detectives are assisting Monterey Park police in the investigation. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call sheriff's homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Zhi Hu was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Florence: Wilhelm Ramclam, 24

November 13, 2009 |  9:43 pm

The location where Wilhelm Ramclam was shot. Click for the Florence Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Wilhelm Ramclam, a 24-year-old black man, was shot and killed Friday, Nov. 6, in the 700 block of East 73rd Street in Florence, authorities said.

Ramclam was on the curb working on his car about 3:45 p.m. when he was shot, according to an LAPD news release.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m., according to coroner's records.

Police said they have no suspect or motive in the killing. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call LAPD Dets. E. Mendoza and C. Braudrick at 213-485-1383.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Wilhelm Ramclam was shot. Click for the Florence Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Florence: Julian Nolasco, 25

November 13, 2009 |  9:38 pm

The location where Julian Nolasco was shot. Click for the Florence Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Julian Nolasco, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot by Los Angeles police Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 59th Street and Avalon Boulevard in Florence and died the next day, authorities said.

According to LAPD Sgt. Frank Banuelos, Nolasco took a car at gunpoint and was being pursued by police when he stopped at the intersection.

Police said Nolasco jumped out of the car and fired at officers. Police officers, who were not injured in the exchange,  returned fire and hit Nolasco, authorities said.

He died shortly before 7 a.m. the next day, according to coroner's records.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Julian Nolasco was shot. Click for the Florence Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Lincoln Heights: Maria Valderrama, 17

November 12, 2009 |  6:41 pm

The location where Maria Valderrama was shot. Click for the Lincoln Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.Maria Valderrama, a 17-year-old Latina, was shot and killed  Friday, Nov. 6, in the 2400 block of North Daly Street in Lincoln Heights, authorities said.

Valderrama was shot and killed by her 20-year-old boyfriend during a domestic dispute, according to Los Angeles police. The man then turned the gun on himself, police said

The shooting was reported about 8:30 p.m. at an apartment complex. Police officers of LAPD's Hollenbeck Division found Valderrama dead from a gunshot wound to the back of the head, said LAPD Officer Gregory Baek.

A short time later, as police searched for the gunman, the 20-year-old man, identified by police as Juan Carlos Mendez, was found in a nearby alley with a gunshot wound to the chest area, Baek said.

"At some point, either at the scene or in the ambulance, he admitted to shooting the girl," Baek said.

Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said Mendez and Valderrama had been dating for two years and were involved in a dispute at the apartment when Mendez allegedly shot her. He then fled and shot himself nearby, Baek said.

-- Ruben Vives

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Map: The location where Maria Valderrama was shot. Click for the Lincoln Heights Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


East Los Angeles: Jessy Acosta, 15

November 12, 2009 |  6:38 pm

The location where Jessy Acosta was shot and killed. Credit: Google Maps Jessy Acosta, a 15-year-old Latino, was shot and killed  Friday, Nov. 6, in the 700 block of McDonnell Avenue in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

The shooting was reported about 11:20 p.m., said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Acosta got into a fight at a party with a man between 17 and 21 years old, authorities said.

The man drew a handgun, shot Acosta in the upper torso and fled, Sierra said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene, coroner's officials said.

Sheriff'sinvestigators were interviewing partygoers to obtain information about the gunman. About 75 people were at the party. 

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Sheriff's Department's homicide squad at (323) 890-5500. Callers can remain anonymous.

-- Ruben Vives

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Map: The location where Jessy Acosta was shot and killed. Credit: Google Maps


Venice: William McKillian Jr., 19

November 12, 2009 |  6:25 pm

The location where William McKillian Jr. was shot. Click for the Venice Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.William McKillian Jr., a 19-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the 600 block of Westminster Avenue in Venice, authorities said.

He was confronted by at least one attacker who opened fire about 3:30 p.m. No arrests have been made, the LAPD said.

The Los Angeles Unified School District sent a memo to teachers in Venice, alerting them about the shooting deaths of two former students on Nov. 3 and asking them to watch for any suspicious activity. The memo said McKillian attended Venice High for a short period.

-- Robert J. Lopez reporting from Venice/Santa Monica and Andrew Blankstein in Los Angeles

For Times coverage of the shooting see: 2 young men slain in Westside violence

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Map: The location where William McKillian Jr. was shot. Click for the Venice Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Unincorporated Los Angeles County: Dalton Rahman, 18

November 9, 2009 |  8:38 pm

The location where deputies shot Dalton Rahman. Credit: Google Maps Dalton Rahman, an 18-year-old white man, was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputies on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the 17000 block of Orkney Street in unincorporated Los Angeles County, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 8:30 p.m., after a car chase in the unincorporated section of Azusa, a city of about 45,000 east of L.A. in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect crashed the car and fled to the backyard of a house on Orkney, according to the statement. A police dog went after the suspect.

When deputies got the suspect to the ground, he grabbed one of the deputies' guns and fired several rounds, according to the statement.

No deputies were injured.

The suspect was shot several times by another deputy and was pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Baxter Holmes

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Map: The location where deputies shot Dalton Rahman. Credit: Google Maps


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


Two teenagers charged as adults in slaying of Melody Ross, 16

November 7, 2009 | 10:12 am

Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis

Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis, both 16-year-old black males, were charged Friday as adults in the killing of Melody Ross, a 16-year-old Cambodian American teen. 

Location of shooting after Wilson High's homecoming game Ross, an honors student at Wilson High in Long Beach, was leaving her school's homecoming game on the night of Friday, Oct. 30, when she was struck by gunfire. Two men -- an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old -- were wounded in the shooting.

Vinson and Davis have been identified by Los Angeles County prosecutors as gang members.

Read more: L.A. Now: DA: 'Seriousness of crime' justified charging teens as adults in killing of Long Beach honors student

View the Long Beach Press-Telegram's coverage of the DA's news conference.

-- Megan Garvey

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Photo: Tom Love Vinson and Daivion Davis. Credit: KTLA, courtesy of Press-Telegram


Lancaster: Arthur Hicks, 34

November 6, 2009 |  1:39 pm

The location where Arthur Hicks was shot. Credit: Google Maps Arthur Hicks, a 34-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 1, in the 1600 block of Renee Street in Lancaster, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Hicks was involved in a fight with several men when someone pulled out a gun and opened fire.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Arthur Hicks was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Athens: James Jones, 43

November 5, 2009 |  9:33 pm

The location where James Jones was shot. Credit: Google Maps James Jones, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the 11400 block of South New Hampshire Avenue in Athens, authorities said.

Jones and another man were standing in front of a residence when they were approached by a black man who shot both of them, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and the other man  was taken to a hospital. The suspect ran away, authorities said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where James Jones was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Bell Gardens: Allen Ruiz, 16

November 5, 2009 |  9:13 pm

The location where Allen Ruiz was shot. Credit: Google Maps Allen Ruiz, a 16-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Oct. 31, in the 6000 block of Gotham Street in Bell Gardens, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Ruiz was standing in a driveway when someone walked up to him, yelled a gang name, and opened fire, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. He was shot in the chest about 7:36 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m., Winter said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Allen Ruiz was shot. Credit: Google Maps


Pacoima: Daniel Orozco, 21

November 5, 2009 |  9:11 pm

Orozco Daniel Orozco, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 1, in the 13400 block of Filmore Street in Pacoima, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Orozco and his girlfriend were found shot in a yard at 12:48 a.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Orozco was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. His girlfriend, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, Winter said.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Map: The location where Daniel Orozco was shot. Click for the Pacoima Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Brentwood: Richard Traweek, 65

November 3, 2009 | 11:25 am

The location where Richard Traweek was shot. Click for the Brentwood Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Richard Traweek, a 65-year-old white man, was shot in the chest and killed Monday, Oct. 26, in the 11700 block of Goshen Avenue in Brentwood, authorities said.

Traweek was found fatally shot in the parking garage at his apartment complex, authorities said Tuesday, Nov. 3.

LAPD detectives were called to the building about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, and found his body on the floor of the building's subterranean parking complex with at least one gunshot wound.

They described the case as a “whodunit” with no suspect or motive, according to sources familiar with the investigation but who asked not to be named, citing the ongoing investigation.

Traweek is a former Southern California real estate syndicator — someone who puts together real estate investment partnerships — who raised $120 million from investors in 38 transactions before his empire collapsed in the mid-1980s.

—Andrew Blankstein

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Map: The location where Richard Traweek was shot. Click for the Brentwood Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


Times coverage: Student at Long Beach's Wilson High fatally shot after homecoming game

November 3, 2009 | 11:23 am

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Melody Ross, a 16-year-old Cambodian teen, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 30, in the 4400 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach as she left Wilson High School's homecoming football game, authorities said.

The following is an excerpt of the Times story covering the shooting: Student at Long Beach's Wilson High fatally shot after homecoming game

The "Supergirl" Halloween costume that 16-year-old Melody Ross wore to the Wilson High School football game was befitting of her promising resume: honors student, pole vaulter and athlete, positive attitude, aspirations to attend UCLA.

Those were the attributes that Ross' friends and family recalled Saturday as they gathered near the stadium gates at the Long Beach campus. They placed flowers and votive candles at the spot where she was fatally shot Friday night as she and her friends were leaving the Wilson homecoming game against Polytechnic High School.

The daughter of Cambodian immigrants, Ross died at St. Mary's Hospital at 10:30 p.m., half an hour after she was shot, said her uncle, Sam Che.

Two men, ages 18 and 20, were wounded in the gunfire and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. They are not believed to be students at either school, and their identities were not released.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Photo: Friends and classmates gather at a makeshift memorial near the football stadium where Melody Ross was shot. Police say no arrests have been made. "I'm sick to my stomach when something like that happens," the football coach said. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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Inglewood: Antonio Tavarez, 25

November 3, 2009 | 11:09 am

The location where Antonio Tavarez was shot. Credit: Google Maps Antonio Tavarez, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed  Sunday, Nov. 1, in the 400 block of Edgewood Street in Inglewood, authorities said.

Tavarez and Claudia Marroquin, 23, were standing with a small group of people outside a home when shots were fired from a passing car, said Inglewood Police Sgt. Mike Bolliger. Tavarez was struck in the head, and the woman was hit in the chest.

Bolliger said the suspect or suspects fired randomly into the group.

Tavarez and Marroquin were taken to separate hospitals, where they died.

Bolliger said detectives believe the shooting was gang-related. He asked that anyone with information about the killings call the department’s homicide detectives at (310) 412-5246.

-- Jack Leonard

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Map: The location where Antonio Tavarez was shot. Credit: Google Maps


West Covina: Ramiro Limon, 27

November 3, 2009 | 11:05 am

The location where Ramiro Limon was shot. Credit: Google Maps Ramiro Limon Jr., a 27-year-old Latino, was shot and killed  Sunday, Nov. 1, in the 1300 block of West Roxbury Street in West Covina, authorities said.

Limon was killed when a Halloween party turned deadly. One of four people involved in a fight at the party went to a car to get a handgun about 12:50 a.m., witnesses told police. They saw a man getting a gun from a dark-colored car parked near the party at the intersection of West Roxbury Street and South Shadydale Avenue. That was just moments before the shooting, said West Covina Police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.  

Limon was struck in the upper torso and died at the scene, Lopez said. A 40-year-old man was wounded in the wrist and was treated at a local hospital.

The gunman fled in the dark-colored car, which was driven away by a woman, Lopez said.

He asked anyone with information to call detectives at (626) 939-8557 or the anonymous hotline at (626) 939-8688.

-- Jack Leonard

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Map: The location where Ramiro Limon was shot. Credit: Google Maps


East Hollywood: Byron Maldonado, 20

November 3, 2009 | 11:02 am

The location where Byron Maldonado was shot. Click for the East Hollywood Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood. Byron Maldonado, a 20-year-old Latino, died Friday, Oct. 30, after he was shot in the 4300 block of Clinton Street in East Hollywood, authorities said.

Officers responded to a call of gunshots fired about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Alexandria Avenue and Clinton Street, said Lt. Darryl Ito. They found Maldonado with a gunshot wound in his chest. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ito said one possible suspect was taken into custody overnight, but police are still seeking another suspect.

-- Seema Mehta

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Map: The location where Byron Maldonado was shot. Click for the East Hollywood Mapping L.A. page to learn more about the demographics of the neighborhood.


West Covina: Chelsea Markovich, 30

November 3, 2009 | 10:49 am

The location where Chelsea Markovich was shot. Credit: Google Maps Chelsea Markovich, a 30-year-old white woman, was shot and killed Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the 1400 block of East Workman Avenue in West Covina, authorities said.

Numerous gunshots were reported at 6:49 p.m. at a house. When officers arrived at the scene, Markovich was dead and another victim was wounded, according to the West Covina Police Department.

Police did not immediately release any more detail, saying detectives were still at the house late Tuesday night trying to determine what happened.

--Robert J. Lopez

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Map: The location where Chelsea Markovich was shot. Credit: Google Maps



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