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Walter Vicente, 49

Walter Vicente, a 49-year-old white man, was found dead with gunshot wounds Tuesday, July 14, in the 12300 block of Gettysburg Drive in Norwalk, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.  

One of his sons, Andrew Vicente, a 24-year-old white man, was also found dead with gunshot wounds in the house the two shared. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department got a call about the bodies at 8:58 p.m., said  Lt. David Coleman. 

The call came from one of Walter Vicente’s other sons, who had left his car with his father before going away for the weekend, Coleman said. He had come by to pick the car up when he found his father and brother. 

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene at 9:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The autopsies are pending, and Coleman said the actual time of their death hasn’t been determined. 

Coleman said there was no sign of a robbery or forced entry to the house. Neither man had been restrained, and no weapon was found in the house, he said. Walter Vicente was found in the living room and his son was found in a bedroom. 

The father and son lived together in the house in a residential area, which Coleman described as a “blue-collar, middle-class neighborhood.”  Walter Vicente was estranged from his wife, who did not live in the home, he said. 

Both men worked as plumbers, Coleman said, but he couldn’t confirm where they worked. 

The California Contractors State License Board reports a current and active license for a plumbing business owned by Walter Vicente called Walter’s Plumbing, located in the 12300 block of Gettysburg. 

Coleman said investigators presently have few clues about the homicide. 

“Everybody in the neighborhood seemed to have liked them,” Coleman said. “They seemed to get along well with people and we haven’t identified any disputes or issues with Walter or Andrew. We’re really at a loss for a motive or any suspects.”

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. 

Jeanette Marantos

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