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Efrain Murillo, 28

Efrain Murillo, a 28-year-old Latino, died Monday, Feb. 8, after he was shot in the 800 block of Lewiston Street in Duarte, according to coroner’s records.

The incident began about 5:40 p.m. as Murillo was sitting with a friend in the driver’s seat of his car,  listening to music in the driveway of a home, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Det. Bill Cotter said.

As his friend was getting out of the car to grab something from his backyard, someone came up from behind and began firing multiple rounds into the car, Cotter said.

Murillo was struck in the torso multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:14 p.m., according to coroner’s records. His friend was not injured, Cotter said.

Murillo was not a gang member, Cotter said, but his friend is involved in a gang, and investigators believe the shooting was gang-related.

Investigators have little suspect information, Cotter said. A car was reported leaving the area around the time of the shooting, but investigators don't know whether it had anything to do with the incident.  

"It's an unfortunate thing because people don't want to talk to us. This neighborhood is notoriously tight-lipped," he said. "There was bright sunlight outside; it's not as if it happened at 2 in the morning, but we can't find anybody who wants to share with us." 

Murillo grew up in Duarte, and he and his friend had known each other since grade school, Cotter said. Murillo's girlfriend is five months pregnant with their first child. 

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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