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News Release

Tuesday, June 5, 2001

Media Relations

77th Street Homicide Investigation

"77 Street Homicide Investigation"


Los Angeles - On Monday June 4, 2001, at approximately 11:00 P.M., 25 year-old David Matthews Jr., was seated in the driver’s seat of his car. Matthews was with a 20-year-old male, who was seated in the passenger seat of the car, which was parked in front of 617 W. 74th Street. The suspects drove by the victim and without warning fired numerous shots in the direction of Matthews’ car. Matthews sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The other male occupant was not injured during this shooting. The suspects were last seen driving away at a high rate of speed on 74th Street and Hoover Street. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported Matthews to a local hospital were he succumbed to his injuries.

The motive for this crime is unknown. The suspects and weapon(s) remain outstanding.

77th Street Homicide Detectives are handling the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rocky Sato or Mason Burroughs at 77th Street Operations Support Division, 213-485-1385 or the 77th Street Watch Commander at 213-485-2389.

This press release was prepared by Officer Hayley Purece, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.