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David Cardiel, 37

David Cardiel, a 37-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, March 21 near Eastlake Avenue and George Street in Lincoln Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Cardiel was driving a white SUV down Eastlake Avenue when he stopped and talked to a man who pulled out a gun and shot him, said LAPD Det. Jose Ramirez. The shooting caused Cardiel to crash into at least one parked car.

Cardiel was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:11 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Detectives were able to collect physical evidence that led them to the suspect, Hector Castillo, a 28-year-old Latino, Ramirez said.

Castillo was arrested on suspicion of murder Aug. 14 and has been charged with one count of murder and one count of shooting at an occupied vehicle, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Castillo has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Oct. 15, said a spokesman for the office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323) 342-8900. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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