Rodrigo Gonzalez, a 17-year-old Latino, died April 25 in a massive fire that killed three people in a South El Monte tire shop at 1252 Santa Anita Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
The fire at Cheque Tires also killed Destiny Monique Aguirre, 18, a Latina from Azusa, and Christopher Jimenez, 17, a Latino from El Monte, according to officials.
Hours earlier, friends had gathered to celebrate Jimenez's birthday at the tire shop, which was owned Gonzalez's father, Esequiel.
“I don't have a business anymore, but that's nothing compared to my son,” Gonzalez said. “I just wish I had my son back.”
The fire was started by someone throwing a Molotov cocktail into the tire shop about 5:30 a.m., according to the authorities.
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