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Javier Sanchez, 15

Javier Sanchez (2010-07-18)

Javier Sanchez, a 15-year-old Latino, was fatally shot Sunday, July 18, near 65th and Long streets in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Javier was walking with a group of friends about 11:54 p.m. when he left them to wait for his father, Inglewood police and a Los Angeles County coroner’s investigator said.

Moments later, someone approached Javier and shot him multiple times, Inglewood Police Sgt. Robert Richmond said. Javier's friends quickly returned and found the teenager lying on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing someone flee the area on foot; no one saw or heard a car, Richmond said.

Although there was no known motive, Richmond said, “We always suspect it’s gang-related when a juvenile is shot and there’s a lot of graffiti around from rival gangs crossing each others' names out.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Inglewood homicide detectives at (310) 412-5246 or the 24-hour anonymous tip line, (888) 412-7463.

-- Corina Knoll

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