Daniel Duarte, a 31-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Jan. 21, near the 110 Freeway between Avenue 52 and Via Marisol in Highland Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Duarte and another man were in a makeshift tent in a homeless encampment near the 110 Freeway along the Arroyo Seco riverbed when two men walked in at 4:40 a.m. and asked, “Where are you from?” said Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Ramirez.
When Duarte and the other man said they weren’t from anywhere, one of the intruders pulled a gun and shot the two homeless men, Ramirez said.
The other man, whom residents heard screaming, ran from the encampment to get help, Ramirez said. Duarte was declared dead at the scene.
Two men whom police have identified as gang members were arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing, police said.