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Ernesto Topete, 21

Ernesto Topete, a 21-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday, July 4, in the 1100 block of West 131st Street in Compton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Topete was standing in front of a home about 8:45 p.m. when a vehicle drove by and a person inside opened fire, said Lt. Dave Dolson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Another man was also injured in the shooting but is expected to survive, Dolson said.

Topete was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:17 p.m., said Ed Winter, a coroner’s spokesman. Dolson did not have a vehicle description.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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