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Detectives looking for help in 2015 killing of father in Compton

Investigators are asking for help in identifying the people involved in the June 2015 killing of a father of four as he was riding his bicycle in Compton.

Carlos Ortiz, a 44-year-old Latino, was riding his bicycle in the 400 block of North Santa Fe Avenue about 6:37 p.m. when a black sedan drove up next to him, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

A black male passenger got out of the car and began shooting at Ortiz, striking him multiple times in the upper torso, according to the release. The shooter then got back into the waiting vehicle, which drove north on Santa Fe Avenue, out of sight. 

Ortiz was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The sheriff's department released photos of Ortiz and examples of what the suspected car looked like on Feb. 24. Investigators also released a video of a four-door 2008 black Audi A6, with stock rims and tinted windows, that was taken from a nearby street moments before the shooting, said Lt. Steve Jauch.

Investigators don't know for sure that the car is the suspected vehicle, but it fits the description of the shooter's car provided by witnesses.

"He was the best Dad ever, he lived for his children," Ortiz's sister told ABC-7.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.  

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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