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Esli Garay, 22

Esli Garay, a 22-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, Oct. 12, in the 14600 block of Novice Street in Panorama City, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About noon, Garay was shot as he stepped out of a tan or gold  SUV, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said that Garay was shot by another person who was in the SUV, which was driven by a Latina and had a child’s car seat in the back. It is possible that Garay knew the assailants.

The shooter is described as a Latino man in his 20s who has a medium build, short hair or shaved head. He could have been wearing blue jeans and a green shirt.

“It seems the victim had no idea what was happening,” said Lt. Paul Vernon in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Mission Division Homicide Det. Efren Gutierrez at (818) 838-9948. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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