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Mario Branzo Mendez, 27

Mario Mendez, a 27-year-old Latino, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, two days after he was shot in the 10500 block of Compton Boulevard in Watts, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Mendez was sitting in his idling, parked car about 9:15 p.m. Nov. 14 when he was shot, said Det. Joseph Kirby of the Los Angeles Police Department's Criminal Gang and Homicide Division, who is handling the investigation.

Mendez was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he died Nov. 16. He had been shot several times in the head, according to coroner's records.

No one else was hurt during the incident, Kirby said. The assailants were described as Latinos.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Kirby at (213) 485-4341. Tipsters who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

-- Sarah Ardalani

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