El Monte educator killed in Mexico honored with name on freeway
A section of the 60 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley is being named after slain El Monte educator Bobby Salcedo.
Salcedo, an assistant principal and school board member, was visiting relatives in Gomez Palacio in the Mexican state of Durango in December 2009 when he and five friends were yanked from a bar, killed execution-style and dumped in a field.
The killing of a U.S. elected official with no ties to drug trafficking resonated as a symbol of the wide reach of Mexico's drug violence.
State Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) wrote a resolution last year designating the 60 Freeway from Atlantic Boulevard in Monterey Park to the border of Rosemead as the Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo Memorial Highway and plans to announce the dedication at a news conference Tuesday morning.
Before his death at age 33, Salcedo rose rapidly to become a civic activist and a leader in the fight for access to higher education, Eng noted in a news release.
-- Tony Barboza
Photo: Andy Fernandez wipes a tear from his face at El Monte City Hall on Jan. 1, 2010, where a photo of slain El Monte school board member Bobby Salcedo and his wife was on display. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times