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Cristian Aldair Lainez, 23

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 Lainez, a Reseda resident, was targeted for the shooting, but they don’t have a motive. 

“He was not a documented gang member,” Peteque said, “so it’s unknown why he was targeted.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Peteque at (818) 374-1934. 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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