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News Release

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Media Relations

Man Found Murdered, Family Missing


Los Angeles: On Saturday, June 21 2003, at 10:19 a.m., North Hollywood Patrol Officers responded to the report of shots fired in the 5700 block of Elmer Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found 25 year-old Luis Gonzalez, lying on the bedroom floor from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to neighbors, several shots were heard between midnight and 1:30 a.m., the previous evening. The victim lived at the residence with his brother, his brothers common-law wife, and their two children.

The victim's brother and family had been unaccounted for since the investigation began. Early on the morning of June 22, 2003, the family, with the exception of the victim's brother, were found at a residence outside of the city. Detectives at this time have no information to connect the family to the homicide. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. Detectives are attempting to locate the victim's brother, Fernando Gonzalez.

North Hollywood Homicide Detectives are conducting the investigation and asking for assistance from the public. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact Detectives at 818-623-4045. During off-hours information can be phoned to 818-623-4016.

This media release was prepared by Officer Don Cox, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.