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Michael Mark Lowe, 43

Michael Mark Lowe, a 43-year-old Latino, died on Saturday, Dec, 2, after he was shot in the 100 block of East Olive Avenue in Monrovia, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. 

Lowe and a friend were at the Gem City Grill on at about 11:40 p.m. Dec, 1 when four people from a rival gang came into the bar, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.

Two of the newcomers began arguing with Lowe and his friend, Corina said. 

“We believe it was a gang thing,” Corina said. “It was just posturing and saying things like, ‘Which gang are you from?’ Things got heated and one (of the newcomers) started shooting.”

Lowe, his friend, and another patron at the bar were struck by the gunfire, and all three were taken to the hospital, Corina said. 

The friend and the other patron survived their injuries, but Lowe was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds.

Lowe lived in Monrovia, according to coroner's records. An online fundraiser has been started to help his two children and cover burial costs.

The four suspects fled the bar after the shooting, Corina said. Two, Erika Torres, a 33-year-old Latina, and William LaCroix Jr., a 34-year-old Latino, both from Monrovia, were arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder as they ran west on Olive Avenue, Corina said. 

Warrants were issued for the arrest of man suspected of pulling the trigger, Jeremiah LaCroix, 31, from Monrovia, and the fourth suspect, Al Corro, 33. 

Jeremiah LaCroix turned himself in to authorities on Dec. 31 at the Larry Smith Detention Center in Banning. Details on how Corro was brought into custody were not available.

Torres and the LaCroix brothers were charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder on Dec. 5, according to court records. Corro was charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder on Jan. 12. 

All four pleaded not guilty. 

Four other people have been charged with helping Jeremiah LaCroix and/or Corro avoid capture. 

Ana Guerrero, 53, and William LaCroix, 57, the parents of the LaCroix brothers, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 21 to helping Jeremiah avoid capture. 

Jacob Craig Webb, 29, and Vanessa Michelle Gomez, 26, were charged on Jan. 12 with helping the suspects avoid capture, and they've pleaded not guilty. 

The next court appearance for all eight defendants is Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court Pasadena Courthouse.

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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