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News Release

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Media Relations

Bicyclist Shot and Killed


Los Angeles: Hollenbeck Area Homicide detectives are investigating the gang related shooting death of Ricardo Esparza, 18 years of age, which occurred on Garnet Street and Spence Street in the City of Los Angeles.

On July 29, 2002, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the victim was riding his bicycle westbound on Garnet Street approaching Spence Street. The suspects were waiting in an unknown type vehicle parked southbound on the corner of Spence Street north of Garnet Street. As the victim passed Spence Street, the suspects fired several rounds from an unknown handgun striking the victim multiple times. The suspects then fled the location southbound on Spence Street and continued in an unknown direction.

The victim was transported to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center where he received emergency medical treatment. The victim died from his injuries at the hospital a short time later.

The public’s assistance is requested in solving this murder. Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives Smith or Austin at 323-526-3113. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.