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Fabian Acevedo, 26

Fabian Acevedo, a 26-year-old Latino, was shot and killed on Sunday, Oct. 15, in the 1300 block of South Atlantic Boulevard in East Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene regarding a gunshot victim at 6:36 p.m., Lt. Rodney Moore said. They found Acevedo lying in an alley parking lot behind businesses and residences on the block, Moore said. 

Acevedo was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:13 p.m., according to coroner’s records. He lived with his mother in Montebello.

Investigators think Acevedo “was just minding his own business, walking down an alley” when he was shot, Sgt. Troy Ewing said. 

Investigators do not have any eyewitness accounts of the shooting, but after reviewing surveillance camera footage and getting a tip, Ewing said they arrested two suspects Nov. 3 in connection with the attack. 

The shooting appears to have been a case of mistaken identity, Ewing said. “We believe they thought he [Acevedo] was a rival gang member, but he wasn’t. He didn’t have any gang affiliation.”

Sebastian Santana, a 25-year-old Latino from East Los Angeles, and David Venegas, a 21-year-old Latino from Compton, were charged Nov. 7 with murder and pleaded not guilty, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. Venegas also was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Their next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 8.

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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