Miranda Lauren Walton, a 26-year-old Latina, was shot and killed Sunday, Sept. 10, in the 5900 block of Pepperwood Avenue in Lakewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Residents called 911 at 3:27 p.m. to report that a woman was screaming for the police, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said.
When deputies arrived, they found Walton and her husband, Austin Wesley McQuade, inside the residence, both with gunshot wounds to the head, Alfred said. The woman screaming for help was Walton’s mother, who lived with the couple and had been away during the day, he said.
Both Walton and McQuade, a 27-year-old white man, were pronounced dead at the scene at 3:52 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Walton’s death was ruled a homicide, according to coroner’s records.
McQuade, who was in the Navy, had come ...
Nancy Ester Mederos Gudino, a 19-year-old Latina, died on Friday, June 30, after she was beaten in the 13900 block of Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The victim, known as Nancy Mederos, had been staying at the Grand Park Inn motel at 13921 Francisquito Avenue with her boyfriend, Nicholas Figueroa Manos, 31, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
Baldwin Park Police officers went to the hotel in response to a “keep the peace” call about 2 p.m., according to an sheriff’s news release.
The officers found Manos outside and Mederos inside the hotel room, with “trauma” to her upper body, Moore said.
Mederos was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:34 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death has not been determined, according to coroner’s records. ...
Grecia Veronica Ayala, a 30-year-old Latina, was killed Friday June 23, in the 12800 block of South Stoneacre Avenue in Compton, according to authorities.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but investigators believe she was strangled, based on the ligature marks found around her neck, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Rodney Moore.
Ayala, the mother of four children ages 5 to 15, was found wrapped in a comforter in the small house where she lived with her husband, Luis Ernesto Villanueva, Moore said.
Her parents live in a house on the front of the property, and Villanueva walked there about 2 a.m. that morning, to tell them "he wanted to show them something," according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
When the parents walked into Ayala's house, they found her unresponsive and called 911, Moore said ...
Armando Garcia-Muro, a 17-year-old Latino, was killed Thursday, June 22, when he was struck by a deputy’s ricocheting bullet fired at a charging dog in the 38500 block of 10th Street East in Palmdale.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the apartment complex about 3:40 a.m. regarding a complaint about loud music, said Lt. Rodney Moore. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60-to-65-pound pit bull charged towards them and bit one on the knee, Moore said.
The deputies pulled back to nurse the injured deputy, and a teenage boy ran out to drag the dog behind the apartment complex, Moore said.
The boy, later identified as Armando, tied the dog up, but at some point it apparently broke free and ran toward the deputies again, Moore said.
Two of the five deputies fired at the dog when it was ...
The body of Elvin Hernandez, a 20-year-old Latino, was found Monday, June 12, near mile marker 20.72 on the Angeles Forest Highway, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Workers spotted Hernandez's body lying on the ground near the highway shortly after noon, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza. It was in an undeveloped area, about four miles south of State Route 14, he said.
Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:38 p.m., according to coroner's records. His body "was in a state of decomposition," Mendoza said. The cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation, according to coroner's records.
Investigators believe Hernandez was killed somewhere else and his body was dumped at the location, but they don't know how long he had been dead, Mendoza said.
Hernandez's last residence was ...
Darius Smith, a 15-year-old black teenager, died Saturday, May 27, after he was shot by an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer on North 1st Avenue just south of East Colorado Boulevard in Arcadia, according to Los Angeles County authorities.
Smith, who lived in Pasadena, was riding on the Gold Line Metro Rail with two other boys, 14 and 15, about 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
Family members told investigators the boys were going to the Monrovia Street Fair that evening, Corina said. But Smith and his companions got off at the Arcadia station, behind another exiting passenger — a federal Customs and Border Protection officer who was dressed in plain clothes and carrying a backpack and another bag, said Corina.
The officer told investigators that the boys hit him on the side of the head ...
Luis Garcia, a 25-year-old Latino, died Thursday, May 25, after he was shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in the 900 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Compton, according to sheriff’s investigators.
Garcia allegedly fired on two deputies during a traffic stop about 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, said Lt. Joe Mendoza. One of the deputies was struck by gunfire as he opened the back door of the car in which Garcia was a passenger.
The fallen deputy’s partner returned fire, striking Garcia, Mendoza said.
The injured deputy and Garcia were taken to a hospital.
Garcia was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after midnight on May 25, Mendoza said. Coroner’s records are unavailable because investigators put a security hold on the autopsy results until their investigation is completed, Mendoza said.
The deputy was struck in ...
Bryan De La Torrre, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Thursday, May 18, in the 1500 block of Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
About 11 p.m., officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of a shooting in the area, police said. When officers arrived, they found De La Torre, who had been shot, in an alley next to an apartment building, according to a news release from the LAPD.
Investigators believe two people kicked in De La Torre’s apartment door, then shot him. De La Torre then jumped out the apartment window, police said. De La Torre was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead on May 19 at 12:21 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The suspects were described as Latino, 20 to 30 years old. One man was wearing a ...
Kevin Cleveland, a 17-year-old black teenager, was shot to death Tuesday, April 4, near East 60th Street and South Vermont Avenue in Vermont-Slauson, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Kevin was walking with a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl about 3:45 p.m. when another teenager approached, asked about the group’s gang affiliation and shot Kevin and his companions, said Los Angeles Police Det. Chris Barling.
Witnesses reported hearing about 10 gunshots at the strip mall where the shooting occurred, said Officer Mike Lopez, an LAPD spokesman. The three teenagers were taken to a hospital.
Kevin Cleveland was pronounced dead at 4:49 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The other two teenagers are expected to survive, Barling said. The shooting was near John Muir Middle School and Augustus Hawkins High School, and aerial images broadcast by local television stations showed a school ...
Maria Urriola De Pastore, a 69-year-old Latina, died Monday, March 27, after being beaten in the 3600 block of West 106th Street in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Inglewood police responded at 12:45 p.m. to a call about a fight at a house, according to coroner’s records. They found Pastore seriously wounded. Her husband, Genaro Pastore, was bleeding from his face and unresponsive, records show.
The Pastores were transported to the hospital, where Genaro Pastore, 64, was pronounced dead at 1:18 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Maria Pastore arrived at the hospital in critical condition and fell into a coma. She died at 1:58 p.m. March 27, coroner’s records show.
Detectives said the couple was attacked by their daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Edward Fernando Ruiz, 33. On the day of Genaro Pastore’s death, Ruiz went to his ex-girlfriend’s ...