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Cesar Guadalupe Rodriguez, 19

Cesar Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Latino, was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday, Aug. 28, in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue in South Whittier, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Rodriguez, an Explorer with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Norwalk station, was gunned down in front of a home early Sunday as he was leaving a party, officials said.

Larry Villegas, a 24-year-old Latino, was also killed in the hail of bullets outside the party.

Rodriguez was a respected member of the station's Explorer post and had been a member of the unit's honor guard, the station's captain said.

"It was Cesar's lifelong dream to become a deputy sheriff," said Capt. Patrick Maxwell, commander of the Norwalk station.

Four attackers in a gray Scion fled north on Painter after the driver fired multiple rounds from a handgun, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at (323) 890-5516. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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