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Teen charged with murder in slaying of pizza deliveryman [Video]

A teenager suspected of killing a Silver Lake pizza deliveryman in an apparent road-rage attack is in custody and has been charged with murder, authorities said Tuesday.

Jose Beltran, 18, is accused of killing Juan David Vasquez Loma, a well-liked busboy and pizza deliverer who was shot in the head shortly after 5 a.m. Aug. 7 as he drove down Silver Lake Boulevard.

Police have described the shooting as a road-rage attack.

Beltran was arrested on Aug. 19, initially on suspicion of driving with a loaded firearm, said LAPD spokesman Andrew Smith, who said detectives nailed down their case after Beltran was in custody.

Beltran currently faces one murder count and is being held on $1-million bail at Men’s Central Jail.

Loma, 20, was driving co-workers home after work when he was shot in the head. He was taken to a hospital, where he was placed on life-support until Aug. 14, giving his mother time to arrive from Mexico to say goodbye.

None of Loma's passengers were seriously injured.

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