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Steve Ibarra, 36

Steve Ibarra, a 36-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the 2300 block of North Griffin Avenue in Boyle Heights, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 2:10 a.m., Ibarra was driving a dark gray sedan west on North Broadway when a group of people in a small silver SUV pulled alongside his vehicle at a stop light, LAPD Det. Jose Ramirez said.

There was an exchange of words, then Ibarra was shot, Ramirez said.

Ibarra struck a pole and was pronounced dead at the scene.

LAPD officers who were nearby heard the shots and tracked down the shooter’s vehicle. Police pursued the SUV from East Los Angeles to the 710 Freeway and back to the 60 Freeway.

The gunman’s vehicle attempted to exit at Hacienda Boulevard from 60 Freeway and was pulled over about 3:15 a.m., police said.

Four Latinos -- Justine Molina, 27, Jesse Armando Sanchez, 25, Andrew Vasquez, 24, and Savana Capra, 22 -- were arrested and charged with murder in Ibarra’s killing, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

In addition, Sanchez was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon and Molina was charged with one count of fleeing a pursuing police officer’s car, prosecutors said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ramirez at (323) 342-8964. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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

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