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Pedro Martinez, 27

Pedro Martinez, a 27-year-old Latino, died Monday, Oct. 19, after he was shot in the 1400 block of West 21st Street in Pico-Union, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Oct. 18, Martinez was standing near West 11th and Valencia streets when a person got out of a black sedan and chased Martinez about half a block, said LAPD Det. Ray Martinez.

The man opened fire on Pedro Martinez, who was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after midnight.

The assailants then fled east in the four-door sedan, toward the 110 Freeway.

Police believe the assailants are connected to a crime spree in the area. Shortly before Pedro Martinez was shot and killed, a robbery was reported in the 2700 block of West 15th Street, Martinez said.

An assailant pointed a handgun at a Latina in her 60s and took a small amount of money and an I.D.

Almost an hour after Pedro Martinez was killed, two juveniles were shot at in the 1400 block of South Bonnie Brae. Neither was injured, Martinez said.

The assailants were arrested in connection with the shooting, then police linked the three suspects to the robbery, the homicide and the assault.

On Oct. 21, Kevin Barrera, a 21-year-old Latino, Debbie Lopez, a 20-year-old Latina, and Cristian Lopez, a 24-year-old Latino, were charged in connection with the crimes.

Debbie Lopez and Cristian Lopez were each charged with one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit a crime, one count of second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Barrera was charged with second-degree robbery and two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors plan to seek gang enhancements on the charges.

Police are looking for additional suspects who may have been in the vehicle during the crime spree.

Anyone with information is asked to call Martinez at (213) 484-3639. 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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