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Miguel Ernesto Guardado Jr., 42

Miguel Ernesto Guardado Jr., a 42-year-old Latino, was found dead Monday, March 11, in the 25600 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, according to Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner’s records.

Shortly after 2 p.m., deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a dead body and found Guardado on the beach, unresponsive, according to a news release from the department.

Guardado was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m., according to coroner’s records.

At first, foul play was not suspected, but after an autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide by the coroner's office. Guardado had been shot in the upper torso. The department did not release additional information about the killing.

Claudia Navarro, Guardado’s cousin, said he was a caring man who was like a “big brother” to her. 

Guardado worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for years, but he also had an artistic side and liked to sketch and draw.

Guardado had three children and lived with his parents until last year when his mother, Martha, died, Navarro said.

After that, he had trouble paying rent and bills and eventually became homeless.

Navarro said Guardado did not frequent the Malibu area.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Photo: Miguel Guardado with his mother, Martha. Courtesy of  Claudia Navarro.

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