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Alvaro Castro, 41

Alvaro Castro, a 41-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Wednesday, May 9, in the 6500 block of San Juan Street in Paramount, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called to the bike path along the Los Angeles River around 5:15 p.m., Lt. Derrick Alfred said.

Deputies found Castro, who had been shot multiple times, lying by the path near the end of San Juan Street, Alfred said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:39 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Investigators think Castro was riding on the bike path when he was shot. His family lives nearby, Alfred said, and Castro had a long association with the area. 

Investigators haven’t found anyone who saw the shooting. “They did see people fleeing the area,” Alfred said, “but whether they were running from fear or because they had shot him still has to be determined.”

Castro’s death was the second homicide in Paramount in 24 hours, but investigators have no evidence the cases are related, Alfred said. 

Jorge Alberto Esteban, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot around 10:35 p.m. May 8 in the 14700 block of Texaco Avenue, about a mile east of where Castro will killed. Investigators think that shooting was gang-related. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s 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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