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News Release

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Suspect Arrested for Fatal Shooting NR18177jl

San Pedro: The Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Area Homicide Detectives arrested the suspect responsible for the shooting death of 17-year-old, Kayla Yolanda Huerta.

On June 18, 2018, at approximately 2:25 a.m., Ms. Huerta was with a group of people in the 700 block of Sepulveda Street in San Pedro. The suspect was part of the group when he became upset at something that was said. The suspect then shot Ms. Huerta and fled the area on foot.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and attempted to render aid; however, Kayla died from her injuries.

During the course of their investigation, Homicide Detectives, identified the suspect as Luis Aurelio Morales.

On July 2, 2018, Morales, a 25-year-old male from the city of Wilmington, California, was arrested for the murder of Ms.Huerta.

On July 2, 2018, the investigators presented the case to the Long Beach branch of the District Attorney's Office for filing review. The Deputy District Attorney filed 1 count of murder against Morales.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Scruggs, Harbor Area Homicide, at (310) 726-7888. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(800-222-8477)or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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