Ervin Panameno, 19
Posted Sept. 14, 2010, 11:06 a.m.
Ervin Panameno, a 19-year-old Latino, died Saturday, Sept. 11, two days after he was shot in the 300 block of Rampart Boulevard in Westlake, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
[Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Panameno was shot and killed Sept. 11.]
Police received a call of a "person down" on Sept. 9 about 7:30 a.m., said LAPD Rampart Homicide Det. Jeff Cortina.
When authorities arrived, they found Panameno lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died several days later, according to coroner's records.
Investigators believed the shooting was gang-related.
No arrests have been made in connection with the case. Citing the ongoing investigation, Cortina was unable to provide a description of the shooter.
At the time of his death, Panameno was working at Homeboy Industries, the nonprofit gang-intervention program. He had been there for eight months, said Raul Diaz, a supervisor. Panameno oversaw teenagers ages 14 to 16 who worked part time for Homeboy, Diaz said. He also served as a runner, assisting with errands around the headquarters.
"He would help everyone in the office if they needed anything," Diaz said. "He was a very reliable guy, very fun to hang out with."
Diaz said he believed Panameno's prior gang ties were more peripheral than hard-core. He said Panameno, at the time he was shot, was walking to a bus stop to get to work. The area, he says, is known for gang activity.
Panameno had run the Los Angeles Marathon in March, Diaz said, and was training for the 1500 Steps Stairway Climb, a YMCA charity event scheduled for later this month. In the event, participants climb to the top of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles.
Anyone with information about Panameno's shooting is asked to contact Rampart Homicide Det. Michael Arteaga at (213) 484-369 or Det. Chris Linscomb at (213) 484-3642. Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
-- Sarah Ardalani