Rene Vargas, 14
He was walking on the sidewalk. A black SUV pulled up, coming the other way, and a Latino man or youth got out and shot in the direction of Rene, said LAPD Det. Fred Faustino. Rene walked a few steps and then collapsed. He died at a County-USC hospital shortly after, at 8:43 p.m. He was not a documented gang member. He was attending Belmont High School. Rampart detectives are at (213) 207-2060.
Below, his teenage friends display a collection box near his shrine--candles, pictures of the Virgen, and a Mickey beer.