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Herbert Torres, 37

Herbert Torres, a 37-year-old Latino, was shot and killed Saturday, April 29, in the 9500 block of South Avalon Boulevard in Green Meadows, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Torres was sitting in the stairwell of an apartment complex about 3 a.m. when a person walked up and shot him, said Los Angeles Police Det. Nathan Kouri.

The shooter then walked up to Jose Luis Velasco, a 38-year-old sitting in a silver BMW, and shot him at “close range,” Kouri said.

The shooter then walked back to Torres and tried but failed to fire again, then fled. Both Velasco and Torres were pronounced dead at the scene.

Kouri said police are still trying to determine a suspect description because the shooter’s face was covered during the attacks. 

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