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  • April 8, 2012

Etsael Cardenas Jr., 21

Etsael Cardenas Jr., a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Sunday, April 8, in the 1000 block of Kensington Road in Echo Park, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Cardenas was found in his car, unresponsive, by family members about 2 a.m., police said.

That was about 20 minutes after gunfire erupted near Kensington Road and Echo Park Terrace, according to an LAPD news release.

Police and paramedics arrived to find Cardenas with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting and the motive is unknown, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Rampart area homicide Det. M. Arteaga at (213) 484-3650 or the watch commander at (213) 484-3400. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Ari Bloomekatz

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