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News Release

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Los Angeles:   Los Angeles Police Department Criminal Gang/ Homicide Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect(s) who killed 32-year old Justin Elliot Ford.

On March 22, 2012, at 1:15 p.m., Ford was seated in his parked vehicle in the 4500 block of South Kansas Avenue, when an unknown suspect(s) walked up and shot into the car.  After the shooting, the suspect described only as a male Black, in his late teens to twenties, fled on foot south on Kansas Avenue.  Ford was struck multiple times by the gunfire.  Ford exited his vehicle and ran to the back porch of a nearby house. The residents of the house contacted emergency personnel to respond to the scene.

The motive appears to be gang related.  The suspect(s) and weapon are outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detective John Ferreria or Myra Kellum at 213-485-1383. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.