Fabian Nunez, 17
Fabian Nunez, a 17-year-old Latino teenager, was shot and killed Tuesday, June 6, in the 900 block of West I Street in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Fabian and three friends had just returned from the beach about 12:30 a.m. and parked down the street from his home. The group was walking when a vehicle drove by and slowed before taking off again, Los Angeles Police Officer Jeff Tiffin said.
The group began to pick up its pace, then the car pulled up again and stopped in an alley.
A man wearing dark clothing got out, walked toward Fabian, who was behind his friends, and began shooting. Fabian, who was on the sidewalk, tried to run away. He collapsed in the driveway of a nearby duplex, and the shooter got back into the vehicle and fled, police said.
Fabian was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 a.m., according to coroner’s records.
Detectives said Wednesday they’re trying to narrow a vehicle description and are looking into why someone would want to shoot Fabian. It’s unclear whether the shooting was related to gang activity in the neighborhood because the area had recently “been kind of quiet,” Tiffin said.
Fabian was days away from graduating from high school, and friends and family said he was not involved with gangs.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Tiffin at (310)726-7884. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.