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Francisco Javier Ayala-Mejia, 25

Francisco Javier Ayala-Mejia (2013-08-17)

Francisco Javier Ayala-Mejia, a 25-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Saturday, Aug. 17, in the 4600 block of Berryman in Del Rey, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Ayala-Mejia, of Culver City, was shot about 12:30 a.m. as he was pulling away from the curb in his white Honda Civic, according to an LAPD news release.

Officers found Ayala-Mejia inside the car, according to the release.

Ayala-Mejia was pronounced dead at the scene by the L.A. Fire Department at 12:45 a.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner’s office.

It is unknown whether the gunman was on foot or in another vehicle, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to call West Bureau Homicide Dets. Carranza and Pierce at (213) 382-9470. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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