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Rocky Lopez
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  • March 23, 2010

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Rocky Lopez, 46 [Updated]

Rocky Lopez, a 46-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, March 23, in the 2800 block of West Pico Boulevard in Pico-Union, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Authorities said Lopez and another person, later identified as his 19-year-old son, Ulices, were run over by a car about 4:15 p.m. in an apparent gang-related attack. When police arrived, they found the victims in the street, said LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihanh.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Lopez was pronounced dead. His son suffered from trauma to the head following the incident, but has since been released from the hospital.

The same day of the attack, authorities made two arrests in connection with the case -- Erik Molina, a 28-year-old Latino, and Jesus Espinosa, a 27-year-old Latino.

Molina and Espinosa were charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder in connection with the death and assault of Rocky and Ulices Lopez, said a spokesman from the district attorney's office. Molina also has been charged with one count of murder in the death of Ryan O'Connell, 29, who was shot to death Saturday, March 13, in the 1500 block of West 12th Place in Pico-Union.

Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office, said a final determination of Lopez's cause of death has been deferred. Results will not be available for another six to eight weeks.

[Updated Feb. 28, 2011: Coroner's officials said Lopez's death has been ruled a homicide. He died from multiple blunt-force injuries after being struck by a vehicle.

Molina and Espinosa are being held without bail at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. They are scheduled to appear March 28 in Los Angeles Municipal Court.]

-- Kate Linthicum and Sarah Ardalani

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