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Jose Edwardo Avila, 14

Jose Edwardo Avila, a 14-year-old Latino boy, was shot and killed Saturday, Nov. 14, in the 14000 block of South Keene Avenue on the border of West Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. 

Avila was sitting with his father on the front porch of their home about 9:35 p.m. when two black males walked up to the house, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Jauch. 

At least one of the men opened fire, Jauch said, and Avila was shot in the upper torso. 

Avila was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:06 p.m., according to coroner's records. 

His father was not injured. Jauch said investigators don't have a more detailed description of the shooters, and they don't know whether they escaped on foot or got into a vehicle. 

Investigators also are trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

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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