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Jesse Adrian Meza, 18

Jesse Adrian Meza (2020-09-30)

Jesse Meza, an 18-year-old Latino, was fatally wounded Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the 1200 block of Drumm Avenue in Wilmington, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Meza was sitting in a gray Honda Accord with a cousin when another vehicle stopped nearby, said Los Angeles police Det. Dave Cortez. A person got out of the car and began shooting at Meza and the other man, who was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Meza was pronounced dead at a hospital at 3:05 p.m., according to coroner’s records. 

Meza lived in the area but was not a gang member and neither was cousin, Raemond Santos, 19

Cortez said he believes Meza and Santos were “misidentified” as gang members. 

“We’re trying to figure out what this is all about,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cortez at (310) 726-7889. 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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