Posted Jan. 13, 2015
Eddie Ray Smith Jr., a 43-year-old black man, was found dead Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the 5000 block of Rodeo Road in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
People in the area flagged down authorities to report seeing an unresponsive man, said LAPD Det. Dave Garrido.
Police also received a call of an assault in the area, but initially there were no witnesses.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.
Throughout the investigation, detectives determined that two people had attempted to rob Smith and had beaten him, causing his death.
Tyshaun Vasquez, a 19-year-old black man, and Jordan English, 16, were each charged Jan. 5 with one count of capital murder with the special circumstance of a murder committed during an attempted ...
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