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News Release

Monday, July 11, 2005

Media Relations

Double Homicide Investigation

Los Angeles: Three men were shot while standing on the sidewalk and two of them died, in the 5000 block of Slauson Avenue.

On Sunday, July 10, 2005, at about 12:15 AM, two suspected gang members walked up to the three men and made gang related statements. The suspects then fired several rounds, striking all three men.

16-year-old Cesar Mendez was pronounced dead at the scene. 23-year-old Antonio Tovar and an 18-year-old man were taken to a local hospital where Tovar died a short time later. The 18-year-old man received multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in critical condition.

None of the victims are gang affiliated.

The suspects were described as male Hispanics.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Pacific Homicide Detectives at 310-482-6369. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).