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Angel Murillo, 23

Angel Murillo, a 23-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, Aug. 1, in the 3600 block of Floral Drive in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Investigators aren't releasing many details about Murillo’s death “because the investigation is still evolving,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore. 

Murillo, a self-described community volunteer from South El Monte, went to a home in the 3600 block of Floral Drive sometime before 8:30 a.m. Aug. 1.

At 8:32 a.m., deputies received a call regarding shots fired at the address. When they arrived, they found three men in their 20s running out of the home.

One of the men had a cut on his face. Another had a gunshot wound to his left arm and the third was uninjured, Moore said. 

The men told investigators that Murillo entered the home with a rifle and a hatchet, Moore said. A struggle ensued, the men told investigators, and one of the occupants armed himself with a handgun and shot Murillo. Then the three men ran out, Moore said. 

Deputies surrounded the house believing that Murillo was barricaded inside. Special Enforcement Bureau deputies made several call outs to Murillo trying to get him to come out, and the Crisis Negotiation Team tried several times to make contact with Murillo, but were unsuccessful, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. 

Deputies finally entered the house and found Murillo dead inside, Moore said. Murillo was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:27 a.m., according to coroner's records. His cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the torso. 

The men with the facial cut and gunshot wound were treated at a hospital and released, Moore said, 

Moore said investigators don’t know whether Murillo entered the house with the rifle and hatchet. The men in the house have not been identified. No one has been arrested. 

Investigators believe Murillo “fired some shots at the victim,” Moore said, “but we’re not commenting on the weapon itself at this time.”

The man with the facial cut appears to have been hit in the face with the hatchet, Moore said. 

Investigators don't know why Murillo entered the house or how he knew the three men inside, whom Moore described as roommates. 

“Right now it’s still muddy water as far as what happened and why it happened,” Moore said.

Murillo graduated from Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School in 2012 and studied agriculture at Mt. San Antonio College, where he was secretary of the Aspire program in 2013, according to his Facebook page, titled, “Angel Murillo for President.” 

Describing himself as a hard-working person, Murillo wrote: “I know how to party but im responsible because i got alot ahead of me. Im Attending Mt. Sac Studying Agriculture and Politics. Im also a Music Artist and hope to begin a movement to change communities socially and politically while improving them for a better future.”

 Murillo also included on his page an unattributed favorite quote, which appears to be partly from the movie "Rocky Balboa": “Don’t let anyone stick a finger in your face and tell you your no good. Know your worth and go get what your worth!"

His mother, Cynthia Orozco, has worked at the Cypress Park Recreation Center for more than 13, years, where Murillo participated in many activities, including the Class Parks programs. Orozco's friends and fellow employees are having a fundraiser at the Recreation Center, 2630 Pepper Ave. in Cypress Park, on Thursday, Aug. 10, starting at 5 p.m., with proceeds to help cover Murillo's burial expenses. 

A former classmate of Murillo's has also set up a fundraising page to help his mother with funeral expenses. 

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

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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