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Frederick Andreas Castro, 23

Frederick Andreas Castro, a 23-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, April 2, in the 1300 block of 59th Street, in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles County coroner records. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called at 5:32 p.m. about a shooting, said Lt. Dave Coleman. 

Castro and a friend had been standing near their cars in their neighborhood, when a white car pulled up beside them, Coleman said. 

Someone inside the car fired two rounds, striking Castro once. The white car sped away, heading west on 59th Street, then turning right onto Hooper Avenue.

Friends immediately drove Castro to the hospital, Coleman said, but he was pronounced dead at 5:38 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Castro was a member of a gang, and investigators believe the shooting was gang-related, Coleman said. Witnesses reported seeing two Latinos in the white, four-door car that was last seen heading north on Hooper Avenue.


For the Record

12:30 p.m., May 3: This article says investigators believed Frederick Castro was a gang member. Investigators no longer believe that.


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

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