Mario Rupert Melbourne Jr., a 30-year-old black man, died Monday, July 24, after he was struck by a car at the intersection of East Cypress Street and South Crane Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Melbourne had been standing outside with a big group of people about 10:55 p.m., when a man pulled up in a grey BMW sedan, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza.
The man, identified as Frankie Mazen III, a 44-year-old black man, got out and began arguing with Melbourne, Mendoza said.
Melbourne's father told KTLA 5 news that Mazen was an acquaintance of Melbourne's who had been accused of stealing money from him in the past. Because of that, the father said, Melbourne asked him to leave.
The argument escalated to a fistfight, Mendoza said. The driver got back in ...
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 ...
Claudia Moya-Sanchez, a 37-year-old Latina, died Monday, May 29, after she was stabbed in the 1600 block of East Palmer Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Moya-Sanchez was at home around 9 a.m. when she got into an argument with her ex-boyfriend, Andres Garcia, 38, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said.
During the argument, Garcia, also known as Jose Gonzalez, stabbed Moya-Sanchez multiple times, Moore said.
Moya-Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:30 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Garcia drove away from the scene, Moore said, but was arrested in Ventura County later that day by California Highway Patrol officers and transported back to Los Angeles.
According to court records, Garcia was charged with murder on May 31 and pleaded not guilty. He is being held in jail in lieu of $2 ...
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 ...
Alexiz Orona, an 18-year-old Latina, died on Friday, April 14, after she was shot near the corner of South Tamarind Avenue and East Raymond Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County authorities.
There are few details available about the shooting. Orona lived in Buena Park in Orange County, but the evening she was shot, she was near her boyfriend's home on East Raymond Street, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Cotter.
Investigators first learned about the shooting when Orona was dropped off at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood about 6 p.m., shortly after she was shot, Cotter said.
“They basically pulled up to the curb, waited for the attendants to come get her and then drove away,” Cotter said. The car was described as a white compact.
Orona was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m., according to Los Angeles ...
Rodney Sherin Johnson, a 48-year-old black man, was shot and killed on Thursday, March 30, in the 400 block of North Wilmington Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Johnson had an address in Gardena, but he had been living in his van in the residential area of Compton where he died, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Ewing said.
Johnson had been talking with a friend at West Brazil Street and North Wilmington Avenue near where he parked his van. At 7:49 p.m., as he was returning from his visit, a man ran up and shot him several times, Ewing said.
Deputies found Johnson lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds, Ewing said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter was described only as a black ...
Sergio Ramirez, a 39-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, Feb. 18, in the 13500 block of Alameda Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Ramirez was ordering at the window of a taco truck about 9:15 p.m. when a brown sedan parked at the curb, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
A Latino man got out of the car, walked to the sidewalk and opened fire, Jauch said. The shots struck Ramirez and two taco truck employees working at a table outside.
Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:29 p.m. He had been shot multiple times, according to coroner’s records.
The taco truck employees were taken to a hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to their legs, Jauch said. They are expected to survive.
Investigators believe that Ramirez was probably the ...
Jose Rafael Raya, a 20-year-old Latino, died Saturday, Dec. 17, after he was shot at the intersection of 130th Street and Wilmington Avenue in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Raya was in his neighborhood, driving west on 130th Street with his girlfriend in the front passenger seat, when he stopped at Wilmington Street about 6:45 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
It appeared that Raya was preparing to turn northbound on Wilmington when someone in a white sedan on Raya's driver’s side began shooting, Jauch said.
One bullet struck Raya in the head, and he slumped forward over the steering wheel, Jauch said. Deputies found Raya's car stopped in the street. Raya was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:57 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His girlfriend was not injured. ...