In the fall of 2006, Jesse Lyal Aguilar was just 24, a handsome Army veteran who had served in Iraq, a valued employee of the Automobile Club and the charming youngest son who could always make people laugh.
So when his body was found bound and burned in the trunk of his smoldering car that Oct. 26, the news seemed unfathomable. Grief and disbelief combined with fear and rage and nearly a decade of gnawing questions about who and why, his mother, Nancy Aguilar, said.
“Not only did they kill our son,” Aguilar said. “They gave us a life sentence.”
On Friday, the Aguilar family will travel to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for a preliminary hearing in Jesse Aguilar’s killing. Investigators will lay out their evidence against the two people charged in November 2015 with murder.
Anthony Silvas, 42, a convicted drug dealer, was an early suspect, said ...
Jenell Gamble-Kendrick, a 73-year-old black woman, was shot and killed Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the 1700 block of West 60th Street in Harvard Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
About 7 p.m., Gamble-Kendrick got into an argument with her husband, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.
The fight escalated, and Gamble-Kendrick began hitting her husband with her cane, Kouri said.
Her husband, identified by police as Carven Nathaniel Kendrick, became frustrated, went into the bedroom to retrieve his shotgun, then shot his wife in their living room, a few feet away from a bouquet of red roses, Kouri said.
Kendrick then walked to a relative’s home and told the relative that he had just shot his wife. He stayed at the scene until police arrived, Kouri said.
Gamble-Kendrick was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kendrick was charged Thursday with voluntary manslaughter with the allegation ...
A 27-year-old man was sentenced Jan. 30 to 26 years to life in state prison for a fatal stabbing on a Metro Red Line train in 2014, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Angelo Correa was earlier found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jose Edgaro Velazco-Alvardo, 33.
According to witness testimony, Correa was belligerent with passengers on the train on Jan. 13, 2014. He exchanged words with Velazco-Alvardo while the train was stopped at the Vermont/Santa Monica station, then pulled out a knife and stabbed Velazco-Alvarado.
A 22-year-old man was convicted of murder Jan. 31 in the killing of a man whose body was found stuffed into a suitcase in a trash bin in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
After an 11-day trial, a jury found Merdan Haydarov guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Randall Scott Kreeger, 49.
According to trial testimony, Haydarov went to Kreeger’s apartment on Nov. 23, 2013, to borrow money, and Kreeger made a romantic advance. Haydarov then killed Kreeger by cutting his neck with an unknown object.
Haydarov was arrested the next day -- police saw him driving Kreeger's vehicle.
Haydarov is scheduled to return to court Thursday for sentencing. He faces 16 years to life in state prison.
A man was sentenced Feb. 1 to 181 years to life in state prison for killing three people and trying to kill another during a 2014 shooting rampage in Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
John Izeal Smith pleaded guilty in December to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the deaths of Maria Teresa Aguiar, 59, Luis Fernando Aguiar, 61, and Jose Hernandez Iribe, 31.
On July 12, 2014, Smith got into a confrontation with Maria Aguiar, grabbed an assault rifle and opened fire. Aguiar was killed along with her elderly father, Luis Aguiar. Smith then turned the weapon on neighbors, killing Iribe.
Smith barricaded himself inside a house and called police. He shot at several people, including a Pasadena police officer, but no one was hurt, and he later surrendered.
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A woman was sentenced Feb. 2 to 16 years to life in state prison for the stabbing death of her mother at a senior living facility in Covina, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Athina Sumi Rivera, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder for killing Margaret Machicko Yamaguchi, 61.
Prosecutors said Rivera was staying in her mother’s room at a senior living center in Covina.
On Sept. 7, 2015, Rivera woke up in the middle of the night and stabbed her mother several times, prosecutors said. During the attack, an emergency call was made from the room. When facility staffers entered the room, they discovered Yamaguchi bleeding heavily.
Authorities were called, and Yamaguchi was pronounced dead at the scene. Rivera was subsequently arrested.
Socorro Senen Munoz, a 28-year-old Latina, was stabbed to death Monday, Feb. 6, in the 16300 block of Doublegrove Street in Valinda, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Munoz was found unconscious inside her home about 8:34 p.m. after a neighbor noticed that her front door was open, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The neighbor called 911, but paramedics were unable to revive Munoz. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:53 p.m. She had multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries, according to coroner’s records.
Investigators learned that Munoz was married, “but her husband was nowhere to be seen,” Mendoza said. Deputies found her husband, Ricky Ramos, standing near his parked car in the 15500 block of Amar Road, about 3 miles east of his residence.
Ramos, a 32-year-old Latino, was arrested and ...
Christopher Ray Woods, a 23-year-old black man, was fatally shot Sunday, Feb. 12, in the 1100 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
At about 3:30 a.m., Long Beach police were dispatched to a call about gunshots, according to a news release. They found Woods in a vehicle with gunshot wounds to the chest.
He was pronounced dead at 3:41 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
Anyone with information can call Long Beach police at (562) 570-7244. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Dereck Martinez, a 33-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Feb. 13, in the 9300 block of Clovis Avenue in Green Meadows, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 10 p.m., a group of people were hanging out in the frontyard of a home when an argument broke out, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.
A man left, came back and opened fire into the group, striking Martinez, Kouri said. Martinez was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.
The gunman then fled in a black Corvette. Based on a vehicle description, a man was quickly apprehended and arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police identified the suspect as Raymond Alcala, a 34-year-old Latino. Alcala has been charged with one count of murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles ...
Gabriel Medina Mora, a 44-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, Feb. 9, in the 2000 block of Bay Street downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Mora was inside a light-colored Dodge Charger about 5:30 p.m. when he got into an argument with a person who occasionally worked for him at a produce business, said Los Angeles Police Det. Dan Gersna.
The other man, who was not inside the car, pulled out a gun and shot Mora, Gersna said. Police declined to say where the gunman was standing when he shot Mora.
Coroner’s records show that Mora crashed his vehicle after being shot and was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m. at the scene.
The gunman fled and has not yet been found.
Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Newton Division detectives at (323) 846-6556. Those who wish to remain anonymous ...