Cristian Aldair Lainez, a 23-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, Nov. 26, in the 6700 block of Reseda Boulevard in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Lainez and a male friend went to Melody’s Mexican Kitchen to buy food that afternoon, LAPD Valley Homicide Det. David Peteque said. The two men brought their food out to Lainez’s car, Peteque said, and while they were sitting in the parking lot, another car pulled in behind them.
A person got out of the newcomer’s car, walked up to the driver’s side of Lainez’s car and began shooting, Peteque said.
Lainez, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, was struck by gunfire. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
His friend was not injured, Peteque said.
Investigators think ...
Jesse Salazar, an 18-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Aug. 8, near Cantara Street and Chastain Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Salazar was standing outside Cantara Street Elementary School when someone walked toward him and fired multiple rounds, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.
Salazar was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:05 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
The shooter’s face was covered, but investigators believe the attacker is a man, said LAPD Det. Steve Castro.
Anyone with information should call LAPD West Bureau homicide detectives at (818) 374-9550. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Daniel Esteban Pacheco, a 20-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, April 18, more than a week after he was shot in the 7300 block of Tampa Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Pacheco was shot after getting into an argument at a house party about 10:30 p.m. April 9, according to Lt. Mike Kozak with the Valley homicide bureau.
Pacheco was taken to a hospital, where he remained in critical condition until April 18, when he was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
Police are following up with witnesses and trying to identify the suspect, Kozak said in an email. It was unclear what led to the dispute.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (818) 374-9550. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Tricia Lynn Metropoulos, a 54-year-old white woman, was killed Saturday, Sept. 19, when she was struck in the head with a bat in the 18000 block of Victory Boulevard in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The incident was triggered by a dispute between Metropoulos and her son's girlfriend, Los Angeles Police Sgt. James Harper told the L.A. Times.
The girlfriend, Cecelia Bonnie Sharkey, a 26-year-old white woman, was charged with capital murder on Sept. 22, with the special allegation that she laid in wait for Metropoulos and used a baseball bat as a deadly and dangerous weapon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Harper told The Times that at least three people witnessed Sharkey attack Metropoulos with a baseball bat.
Metropoulos was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead ...
Kevin Orellana, an 18-year-old white male, was stabbed to death Wednesday, April 24, in the 8100 block Vanalden Avenue in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Orellana, an adult school student at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, died from a stab wound he received in a fight just before 4 p.m. at Cleveland High School.
Orellana was playing handball when two males –- police say they are suspected gang members –- approached. Orellana got into an argument with one of the two, and it turned into a fight, when Orellana was punched.
As the two fought, the second suspect pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Orellana, police said.
Orellana was not a gang member, police said.
Witnesses reported seeing Orellana’s two attackers escape in a waiting minivan driven by a young woman. Using social media and other methods, police tracked down the alleged attackers ...
Ted Frank Taffolla, a 30-year-old white man, was fatally stabbed Sunday, Sept. 2, in the 18300 block of Strathern Street in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the coroner's office, said Taffolla was discovered by a passerby about 3:20 p.m.
Authorities were called and the victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m.
Tafolla's preliminary coroner report indicates he sustained multiple stab wounds to the chest.
Anyone with information about the death of Ted Taffolla is asked to contact Dets. Price or Doerbecker at the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
Lamar Green Jr., a 28-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday, July 24, at the corner of Victory Boulevard and Reseda Boulevard in West Valley, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Green and another 28-year-old man were exiting a convenience store and returning to their car about 1:10 a.m. when an unknown shooter walked up and opened fire, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.
Green was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, officials said.
Investigators said they believe that Green was targeted by the the shooter. His friend was not injured.
The suspect is described as a 20- to 30-year-old black or Latino male. He was reported to have fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247. Tipsters ...
Sharilit Monique Matthews, a 41-year-old black woman, was found dead Friday, Feb. 10, in the 17800 block of Sherman Way in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
[Editor's note: An earlier version of this post, based on information from the coroner's office, identified the victim as Jane Doe #14.
Officers responded to a call regarding a missing adult Feb. 10., according to an LAPD news release.
Matthews' friends and family had not heard from her in almost a week, officials said.
When authorities arrived at her home, they found Matthews in her bed dead. It appeared she had been dead for several days, police said.
According to preliminary coroner's records, Matthews had an incised wound to the neck.
A cause of death has since been deferred pending additional lab tests, the coroner's office said. Results will not be available for at least six ...
Deverrin Jackson, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed Thursday, Nov. 10, in the 19600 block of Sherman Way in Reseda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
The attack took place about 6 p.m.
Jackson was struck at least once in the chest when a gunman fired multiple rounds at him, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The assailant then ran away.
Officer Bruce Borihanh said that after the shooting, Jackson was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It was unclear what sparked the incident.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) LAPD-24-7 (877) 527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800) 222-8477.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez