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Reward offered for information about fatal shooting of deaf Fairfax High basketball coach

June 30, 2010 |  8:27 am

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the fatal shooting earlier this year of a deaf Fairfax High School basketball coach, police said.

Eddy Hernandez, 30, was killed by a single gunshot around 10:40 p.m. Jan. 26 as he walked along the 3700 block of South Main Street in South Los Angeles, LAPD Det. Louie Calzadillas said. Hernandez, who was deaf and mute, coached a basketball team for deaf students at the high school, Calzadillas said.

Calzadillas, who is handling the case, said police are following up on a few leads but need more clues. He said he is hopeful the reward will lead to new information because Hernandez was killed on a busy street.

"We’re hoping people might have driven through the neighborhood and might have seen something they considered a traffic accident or a fight," he said.

It is unclear whether the shooter intended to hit Hernandez, Calzadillas said.

Anyone with information on the killing is asked to call Calzadillas at the Newton Division Homicide Unit, 323-846-6556.

-- Sam Allen