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Nick Cubas, 19

Nick Cubas, a 19-year-old Latino, was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds Thursday, Aug. 4, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. His body was found near the 7400 block of East Willow Street in Long Beach. 

At about 6:30 a.m., Long Beach police received a call about a dead body, later identified as that of Cubas, near the San Gabriel River.

On the day Cubas' body was found, police arrested Rueben Alexander Ortega, 19, on suspicion of murder. Two weeks later, Edgar Miguel Espinoza, 18, was also arrested. 

Ortega and Espinoza were charged with murder and other felonies: two counts of kidnapping as well as one count each of carjacking, robbery, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. 

Adriana Rodriguez, 19, and Jeremy Rincon,19, were also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact. 

On Oct. 17, Ortega will be in court for a preliminary hearing. Espinoza is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 14.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @jeromercampbell and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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