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Cold Case of the Week: "Just So Completely Innocent"

February 13, 2007 | 12:03 pm

Beatriz_jimenez_4Investigators put out a bulletin requesting the public’s help this week in the killing of Beatriz Estefany Jimenez, 19, a sales representative for a shoe company, who was shot to death in what is known as “the strip” — the narrow section of Los Angeles that connects the city to the port — last fall.

Jimenez was standing with a young man on the street in the 800 block of W. 147th Street at about 9 p.m. Sept. 25 when some presumed Latino gang members in a white 4-door station wagon got out and began firing, said LAPD Det. Dan Myers.

Jimenez and her friend were random targets, Myers said, though both were young and Latino—perhaps reason enough for their assailants to treat them as combatants in a dispute they had no part in. Jimenez “was just so completely innocent,” Myers said. Her parents and three sisters “are devastated,” he added.

The City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information on this case. Call (213) 972-7857, or the LAPD tip line (877) 529-3855. Anonymous tips are welcome.