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Gumaro Velazquez
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  • Feb. 12, 2010

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Gumaro Velazquez, 61 [Updated]

Gumaro Velazquez, a 61-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, Feb. 12 in the 1300 block of East 42nd Street in Central-Alameda, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said Velazquez was standing in front of a residence when an assailant approached him and shot him in the head.

Velazquez was transferred to county hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the LAPD Newton division at (323) 846-6556.

[Updated Dec. 7. 11:50 a.m.: Velazquez was playing cards on a porch about 10:30 p.m. when he was shot, not standing in front of a residence as the coroner reported earlier, said LAPD Newton Det. David Torres, who is handling the investigation.

On Dec. 1, officials apprehended Stevie Cardenas, a 21-year-old Latino, in connection with the killing and charged him with murder. Torres said the shooting was gang-related.

Cardenas is currently being held in lieu of $2-million bail at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Los Angeles Municipal Court.]

-- Sarah Ardalani

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