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Fernando Hernandez, 34

Fernando Hernandez, a 34-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Monday, April 30, in the 3400 block of Grand Avenue in Huntington Park, according to coroner’s records. 

Huntington Park Police officers were called to Hernandez’s home about 1:19 p.m. regarding a gunshot victim, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Moore said. 

Investigators learned there had been a “disturbance” between Hernandez and his cousin, Daniel Plascenia, 28, outside the house, “and during the course of the disturbance, the suspect shot the victim,” Moore said. 

Hernandez was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:51 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Plascenia, also known as Daniel Plascencia and Daniel Placencia, fled on a bicycle, riding south on State Street, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested May 2 in the Broadway-Manchester area of South Los Angeles, where he lives, according to jail records. 

On May 4, Plascenia was charged with murder in Hernandez’s death, as well as two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition and street terrorism, according to Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Plascenia pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 4. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 19. 

In a separate matter, Plascenia is scheduled to appear June 5 on charges of possessing and transporting a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon, from an incident that occurred May 24, 2016, according to court records. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

Plascenia is being held in lieu of $2.57 million bail. 

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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