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David Estuardo Morales Jr., 18

David Morales Jr., an 18-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Tuesday, Jan. 3, near Sawtelle Boulevard and Pearl Street in Sawtelle, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Morales and a 17-year-old companion were walking just before 7:30 p.m. when two unknown males fired several gunshots then fled the area, according to an LAPD news release.

Authorities were called and Morales was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken by a friend to a hospital where he was treated and released.

Investigators described the assailants as Latinos between the ages of 16 and 20.

Anyone with information about the death of David Morales Jr. or the identity of the shooters is asked to contact West Bureau homicide Dets. Dave Vinton or Rolondo Rodriguez at (213) 382-9470. Tipsters who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800) 222-8477.

-- Los Angeles Times

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