Posted Dec. 25, 2007, 8:24 p.m.
Diego Cruz, 15, a Latino youth, was shot and killed in the 5600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard at about 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.
The driver of a passing car heard shots, saw him collapse, and called 911. Passersby said they heard four or five shots.
Cruz was on the sidewalk, not breathing, when police arrived, and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai. Cruz was a student at Hollywood High. His family are Oaxaquenos from the Mexican state of Oaxaca and speak a mix of Spanish and Zapoteco.
Martimiano Cruz Lopez, Diego's father, is a cook at Swingers restaurant on Beverly Boulevard. He was at the East Hollywood apartment he shared with his son Wednesday trying to make arrangements to have his son's body sent from the morgue at the hospital back to Mexico, with the help of the Mexican Consulate. Looking exhausted and tense, he seemed ...
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