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David Cortez, 25

David Cortez, a 25-year-old Latino,  was shot and killed Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the 5600 block of Quinn Street in Bell Gardens, according to Los Angeles county coroner's records. 

Cortez was riding his bicycle in the alley behind the apartment complex where he lived about 9:25 p.m. when he was confronted by two men, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Cotter. 

Witnesses told investigators they saw the two men walk into the alley, heard gunshots and then saw the two men flee onto Jaboneria Street. They were unable to describe the attackers in any detail, Cotter said.

Bell Gardens police found Cortez lying in the alley near his bicycle, Cotter said. 

Cortez was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m., according to coroner's records. 

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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