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15-year-old fatally shot in Inglewood

Map shows location of fatal shooting and other nearby homicides since January 2007. Click for more information on The Times interactive Homicide Report. A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed late Saturday in Inglewood as he waited for his father to pick him up after a party, authorities said.

Javier Sanchez was walking with a group of friends in the neighborhood of 65th and Long streets when he walked away to wait for his father, Inglewood police and a Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator said.

Moments later, someone approached Sanchez and shot him multiple times, Inglewood Police Sgt. Robert Richmond said. Sanchez’s friends quickly returned and found the teenager lying on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing someone flee the area on foot; no one saw or heard a car, Richmond said.

Although there was no known motive, Richmond said, “We always suspect it’s gang-related when a juvenile is shot and there’s a lot of graffiti around from rival gangs crossing each others' names out.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Inglewood homicide detectives at (310) 412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous tip line, (888) 412-7463.

-- Corina Knoll

Map shows location of Saturday's fatal shooting and other nearby homicides since January 2007. Visit The Times interactive Homicide Report for more information about 28 homicides within one mile of 65th and Long streets in Inglewood.


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I will never forget him. He was one of my best friends. I love and miss him. He will always and forever remain in my heart as well as those close to him.


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