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City Beat: A Hawthorne diner mourns a violent death in Inglewood

A young father and his 4-year-old son were shot to death last weekend in their Inglewood home. Early Saturday morning, about 4 a.m., a masked gunman broke in and started firing at the family of Filimon Lamas, 33, and Gloria Jimenez, 28. 


Lamas did not survive. Neither did Giovani, the youngest of four children, who was shot in the head. Jimenez was shot in both her legs and her pelvis. The couple's 6-year-old son was shot in the pelvis. Their 7-year-old daughter was shot in the chest.

A family was ripped apart. So was the heart of Chips '50s Cafe, the Hawthorne diner owned by Lamas, his brother and a brother-in-law.

Lamas was there almost every day, all day. Customers and staff say he rarely stopped smiling. 

In my latest City Beat, I visit the diner. Read the full story here.

Here's what I sent out on Twitter from the scene:


Funds set up for family of slain Inglewood father and son

Fire warning issued as strong winds hit Southern California

D.A. may charge man accused of destroying campaign signs

-- Nita Lelyveld

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