Eddie Cardenas, a 34-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, Oct. 23, in the 4100 block of Shirley Avenue in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
El Monte police officers were called about 7 a.m. to the 15-by-8-foot travel trailer where Cardenas lived behind his mother’s house, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marcelo Quintero.
Officers found Cardenas in a semi-fetal position just outside the door, with one leg extended over the threshold, Quintero said.
“It looks like he was shot either coming out the door or at the door, and fell where he was,” Quintero said.
Cardenas was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:40 a.m., according to coroner’s records. He had been shot in the head and back.
Family members said Cardenas lived alone in the trailer and kept his personal life private, Quintero said. ...
Raul de la Torre, a 45-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Monday, Aug. 14, as he was driving in the 10300 block of Fern Street in South El Monte.
De la Torre was driving west on Fern Street about 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by gunfire from outside the car, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
He drove about half a block further before he crashed into two parked cars, Mendoza said.
De la Torre was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:53 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest.
Mendoza said De La Torre was driving a white four-door sedan through the residential area when he was shot. De La Torre had family in Covina, he said, but had been living with friends in South ...
Esteban Bustamante, a 20-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday June 20, at Garvey Avenue and Durfee Avenue in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Bustamante was riding in the backseat of a car with a juvenile male friend beside him and two female friends in the front seats, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore.
The car stopped at a red light about 11 p.m., facing north on Durfee Avenue, at Garvey Avenue, Moore said, and a gray compact sedan pulled up alongside it.
Bustamante got into an argument with a man in the other car, Moore said. “We don’t know what the conversation was, but it was a gang affiliation type conversation, so we are considering it a gang-related incident,” he said.
The man got out of the driver’s side of his car, walked up to the car ...
Alejandro Rojas, a 22-year-old Latino, died Sunday, Feb. 19, after he was stabbed in the 4200 block of Peck Road in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Rojas was walking to a store with a relative about 11:40 a.m., when a car pulled alongside them and a man got out, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
The man exchanged words with the pair, and the three began to fight, Jauch said. The assailant pulled out a knife and stabbed Rojas in the chest.
Rojas and his relative ran to a nearby residence, where Rojas collapsed. He was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Rojas' relative was not injured, Jauch said. The attacker, described only as Latino, got back into his car and drove away northbound.
Jose Luis Sanchez, a 30-year-old Latino, died on Friday, Dec. 23, after he was shot by police officers at the intersection of Esto Avenue and Fieldcrest Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County authorities.
Sanchez, who lived in San Bernardino, was driving a mid-sized SUV about 9:35 p.m. when El Monte police officers tried to stop him for a drunken driving investigation near the intersection of Valley Boulevard and Tyler Avenue, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
When Sanchez refused to stop, officers gave chase, pursuing him for nearly two miles, to Esto Avenue and Fieldcrest Street, Jauch said. Officers laid down spiked strips to try to stop Sanchez, but "they had no effect," Jauch said.
During the pursuit, Sanchez’s SUV collided with another vehicle at Arden Drive and Valley Boulevard, Jauch said.
The people in the other vehicle were ...
Omar Yousaf Latif, a 25-year-old Latino also known as Omar Yousaf Solano, was shot and killed on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the 9800 block of Giovane Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Latif was near his home, walking in the street toward his parked car, when someone ran up to him and began shooting about 8:53 a.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Marcelo Quintero.
Latif was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:05 a.m., according to coroner's records.
A fundraising page has been started to help Latif's family pay for his burial. The site describes Latif as a husband and new father, with a 2-month-old daughter. He is one of four siblings and lived in El Monte, according to the site.
Other people were outside or driving by when the shooting happened ...
Juan Manuel Vidal, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, Oct. 21, in the 9200 block of Flair Drive in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Vidal, a recent pharmacy tech graduate, was working at the drive-through window at a Jack in the Box restaurant about 7:40 p.m. when a man in tan cargo shorts and a mask rolled over the restaurant counter and into the employee area, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Adan Torres said.
The sheriff’s Homicide Bureau had a news conference Thursday afternoon to show short surveillance video of what happened next. Vidal and the gun that killed him are not visible in the video.
The camera captures the suspect, a fair-skinned male, wearing what appears to be a mask representing the video game character Mario, with a bushy mustache, large nose and a blue baseball-style ...
Victor Alfredo Garcia, a 23-year-old Latino, died Saturday, July 9, after he was shot at the intersection of Cogswell Road and Klingerman Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Garcia and his 21-year-old brother were driving home from work about 7 p.m. when Garcia got into an argument with at least two Latinos in a black Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson said.
The brother said the SUV cut them off, Rosson said, and Garcia, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, shouted at the driver. The men in the SUV shouted back, Rosson said, and the incident escalated.
“It was basically a road rage thing,” Rosson said.
At some point, the SUV pulled over and a man got out, Rosson said. As the brothers drove by, the man fired one shot that ...
Rodolfo Avina, a 34-year-old Latino, was found dead with gunshot wounds Friday, Dec. 4, at the corner of Cogswell Road and Ferris Road in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Paramedics were called about 2 p.m. after a gardener noticed an unresponsive man in the back seat of a black Cadillac SRX, which was parked along the curb of Ferris Road, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch.
Avina was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:15 p.m. with a gunshot wound in his upper body, according to coroner’s records. He had been reported missing by his girlfriend to the Los Angeles Police Department on Nov. 24.
The Cadillac was registered to Avina, but investigators don’t know how long it had been parked on the street or when Avina was shot, Jauch said.
A parking ...
Freddy Molina, a 40-year-old Latino, was found with gunshot wounds Monday, Sept. 21, in the 5300 block of Peck Road in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the residential area about 10:20 p.m. regarding a possible gunshot victim, said Lt. Holly Francisco.
A resident found Molina lying in his frontyard and called for help, Francisco said. Investigators believe he was shot on the sidewalk, near the intersection of Peck Road and the Rio Hondo Parkway, and walked a few steps into the yard before collapsing, she said.
Molina was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:57 p.m., according to coroner's records.
Investigators believe the shooting may be gang related, based on Molina’s background, Francisco said, but they have no suspect information.
Molina lived in Inglewood, so investigators aren’t ...
Jonathan Flores, a 30-year-old Latino, was stabbed to death Saturday, Sept. 19, in the 12200 block of Magnolia Street in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
El Monte police were called to the residential area about 2:21 a.m. A man walking by the location discovered the injured Flores and called the police, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
When officers arrived, they found Flores lying on the sidewalk outside his home with stab wounds in his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:45 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
El Monte police asked the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau to help with the investigation, according to the news release. No suspect information is available, according to the news release, and the motive is unknown.
Anyone with information is ...
William Chau, a 59-year-old Vietnamese man, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, after he was shot by an El Monte police officer in the 3900 block of Glen Way in El Monte, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
The incident began when officers were called to Chau’s home at 7:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The call was originally about a structure fire, but when officers arrived they saw a man, later identified as Chau, walk out of the house holding a woman at knife point, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez.
The woman, later identified as Chau’s wife, Lan Hoa Vuong, 58, had burns over 90 percent of her body, Hernandez said.
“She was so burned, her clothes had burned off,” Hernandez said. “He was holding the victim with his left hand around her neck and a large ...