Guillermo Ceja, 20
Guillermo Ceja, a 20-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, June 24, near Fanshaw Avenue and Vamana Street in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Ceja, who lived in the area, was in a car with other people that evening when they got into a confrontation with someone in another car, said Pomona Police Sgt. Brian Hagerty.
Witnesses said Ceja had gotten out of his friends’ car and was walking toward the other vehicle when someone in the other car began shooting.
Ceja was shot, but was able to get back into his car, Hagerty said. The suspect car drove away, and the driver in Ceja’s car headed south; Ceja’s body was spotted lying in the road at Aliso Street and Westwood Place, about two miles south of the shooting site.
The location was about half a mile from Pomona Valley Hospital, Hagerty said. “We don’t know why they dumped him there,” he said. “Maybe they freaked out, or panicked because he was already deceased, but they just didn’t make it there (to the hospital).”
Police officers were called to Aliso Street and Westwood Place about 10 p.m. regarding a man lying unconscious in the road, according to a department news release. They began CPR on the man, later identified as Ceja, but were unable to revive him.
Paramedics took Ceja to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m., according to coroner’s records. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the chest.
The next morning at about 5, investigators spotted the suspect vehicle driving in Pomona near North San Antonio and North Towne avenues, Hagerty said.
The officers did a traffic stop and arrested the driver, Cristobal Limon-Aguilar, a 22-year-old Latino from Pomona, on suspicion of murder.
Witnesses and surveillance video helped investigators “positively identify” Limon-Aguilar and his car as being involved in Ceja’s fatal shooting, Hagerty said.
Investigators don’t have a motive for the shooting, or what prompted the confrontation, he said. They found guns and ammunition during a search of Limon-Aguilar’s residence, Hagerty said, but they don’t know yet if they were involved in the shooting.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Limon-Aguilar on June 27 with murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 18 at L.A. County Superior Court’s Pomona Courthouse, according to court records.
An online fundraiser has been set up to provide financial support to Ceja’s family. The narrative, by Luz Ceja, described Guillermo Ceja as a hard worker who helped support his parents and siblings.
“He loved and lived for his family,” Luz Ceja wrote. “Anyone who knew him, knew he was generous and had a huge heart.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.