Angel Cortez was shot and killed June 4, 2012 in Watts. The boy's father, Mauro Cortez, had just donned a purple shirt a friend had given him.
"I own a Honda," the shirt said. "Be nice to me."
Witnesses say Cortez was still wearing the shirt and holding his son when a black youth in a dark hoodie rode up to the group on a bicycle, fired a gun into the crowd and pedaled off. The bullet pierced the toddler's back and struck Cortez in the upper body. The boy died later that night at a hospital after emergency surgery, according to authorities.
Cortez was one of 13 children under the age of five killed in L.A. County that year.