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Abraham Santiago, 27

Abraham Santiago, a 27-year-old Latino, died Wednesday, April 20 after he was shot in the 1900 block of East Firestone Boulevard in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner records. 

Santiago was walking with a friend in front of Graham Library about 1:42 a.m. when a dark-colored sedan drove up and began shooting, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza. 

“There was a brief exchange of words, a ‘Where you from?’ type conversation,” Mendoza said. “We believe there was one shooter, he opened fire and [Santiago] was struck numerous times in the torso.”

Santiago was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:54 a.m., according to coroner’s records. His friend was not injured Mendoza said. 

Witnesses described the two men in the car as Latinos in their 20s, Mendoza said. Investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting, he said. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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