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Adalberto Garcia Solis, 25

Adalberto Garcia Solis, a 25-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, April 24, in the 400 block of East 65th Street in Florence, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., Garcia and another man were standing on the sidewalk outside of a home when the man went inside to use the bathroom, said LAPD Det. Richard Arciniega.

While the man was in the home, a van pulled up and a person inside opened fire. Garcia was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:24 p.m., said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the coroner’s office.

A few days after the shooting, friends gathered at the crime scene to pay their respects. People had placed dozens of candles on the grass near the sidewalk, along with a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a favorite snack of Garcia's, and flowers.

A friend, who declined to give his name because of concerns about his own safety, said he had known Garcia, a father of a young girl, since they were children. The man said that Garcia drove a van for a mobile car wash.

“He was born on this block and died on this block,” the man said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's Newton Division at (323) 846-6556. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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