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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Murder near Freeway on Ramp NR14169rh

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s) who shot and killed 52-year-old Ruben Castaneda.

On April 22, 2014, around 5 p.m., the victim stepped out of a homeless make shift tent located off of the northbound 110 freeway near the Avenue 60 on ramp. He was shot multiple times with an unknown caliber handgun by unknown suspect(s).  The motive for the shooting is not known.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead from his injuries.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Barajas or Zolezzi at (323) 342-8957.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”

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