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Angel Aurelio Soto, 17

Angel Aurelio Soto (2016-07-16)

Angel Aurelio Soto, a 17-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, July 16, in the 18000 block of Alburtis Avenue in Artesia, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.  

Angel's family once lived in Lynwood but moved to Moreno Valley "to get away from the violence in L.A.," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Eddie Aguirre. 

Angel had returned to L.A. for the weekend to visit friends and his baby daughter, Aguirre said. 

Saturday night, Angel attended a party on Alburtis Avenue with about 30 other people, Aguirre said. 

About 10 p.m., four Latinos between the ages of 18 and 22 crashed the party, and a fight ensued, he said. During the fight, one of the interlopers pulled out a gun and fired four shots, Aguirre said.

Angel was struck in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene at 10:35 p.m., according to coroner's records.  

Two brothers who lived at the home, including an 18-year-old who was celebrating his graduation, were also struck by gunfire. They were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released, Aguirre said. 

The people who had crashed the party were last seen running from the house, Aguirre said. 

Soto's family has started an online fundraiser to help cover his burial expenses. 

His older sister, Lupe, said in an email that Soto went through a lot growing up. Their father and older brother both battled serious illnesses, and Soto had recently learned that he was losing the vision in one of his eyes. 

He was depressed, she wrote, "but he would always joke with us and make us laugh, no matter what. All we have left now are memories, and his little 2-month-old daughter. He didn't deserve this. Since he was young he would tell us he was scared to die and for any of us to die. My family is devastated. We will never be the same."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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