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Frank Serafin, 24

Frank Serafin, a 24-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Friday March 24 in the 7300 block of Hinds Avenue in the Sun Valley area of North Hollywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

About 9 p.m., Serafin and a friend went to a liquor store and came back to an apartment, said Los Angeles Police Det. John Doerbecker.

The two were hanging out when, during the exchange of a handgun, the weapon discharged, striking Serafin, Doerbecker said. Police called the incident “tragic” and said it was accidental.

Serafin was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:21 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

Alan Pineda, a 27-year-old Latino, has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Pineda pleaded not guilty March 28 and is due back in court April 14, Risling said.

Anyone with information can call Doerbecker at (818) 374-1943. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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