A 20-year-old Long Beach man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he shot and killed his 17-year-old friend during a graduation party brawl on July 16 in Artesia.
Robert Rolando Garcia, a 20-year-old Latino, is accused of killing his friend, Angel Aurelio Soto, 17, of Moreno Valley. Soto had returned to his childhood home in Lynwood that weekend to visit friends and his baby daughter, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Eddie Aguirre.
The evening of Saturday, July 16, Soto, Garcia and two other friends attended a birthday party in the 18000 block of Alburtis Avenue in Artesia without an invitation, Aguirre said.
During the party, Garcia got into an argument over balloons filled with nitrous oxide, Aguirre said. People inhale the gas for a high, Aguirre said.
A fight ensued between Garcia's group and other people at the party, Aguirre said ...