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LAPD releases photo of vehicle in Sun Valley slaying

January 10, 2012 | 11:18 pm

Sun Valley robbery vehicle
Los Angeles police Tuesday night released a photo of a vehicle used by three youths who fled after allegedly killing a man in Sun Valley when he tried to help his grandfather, who was being robbed.

Danilo Morales, 24, was fatally wounded Monday night as he chased the men on Coldwater Canyon Avenue after his grandfather called out for help as he stood in his driveway, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The grandfather, Manuel Flores, told The Times that he had parked his minivan behind the house when three youths emerged from the backyard shadows, at least one of them armed.
He handed over his wallet, a chain and keys and said he yelled, “They’re robbing me.”

One of the youths fired a bullet that hit the back door of his house.

The commotion alerted several family members inside the house. Morales bounded out the front door and after the young assailants, who had run to a SUV around the corner.

Morales caught up to them as they were speeding off. He swung his fist at their rear window and smashed it.

One of the attackers fired a shot that hit Morales in the head, police said. The vehicle was described as a white Mitsubishi Montero with red stripes.

Anyone with information is asked to call  Det. Castro or Det. O’Donnell at (818) 623-4075

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Photo: Vehicle allegedly used in a Sun Valley robbery and fatal shooting.

Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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