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David Cota, 23

David Cota (2010-06-26)

David Cota, a 23-year-old Latino, was found stabbed to death Saturday, June 26, near 5th Street and Harding Street in Montebello, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

A woman called 911 about 12:55 p.m. and said there was a body in a medical building parking lot, said Montebello Police Lieutenant Brad Keller.

Cota, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had been stabbed in the chest, according to coroner's records.

Montebello Police Lt. Brad Keller said it was unclear whether Cota was stabbed in the parking lot or had been dumped there after being attacked. Witnesses heard an altercation the night before about 11:30 p.m. near where Cota's body was found, Keller said; however no one saw Cota getting assaulted.

Keller described Cota as a gang member and said investigators are looking into whether his death was connected to gang activity.

Anyone with information about the death of David Cota is asked to contact the Montebello Police at (323) 887-1212.

-- Sarah Ardalani

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