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News Release

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Media Relations

$50,000 Reward Offered for Murder

What: Reward Offered for North Hollywood Murder

When: June 12, 2007 2 PM

Where: Crime Location
Lankershim Boulevard North of Sherman Way, North Hollywood

Who: Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas
Captain Len Hundshamer, Commanding Officer of North Hollywood Area
Lieutenant Andrew Neiman and Homicide Detectives

Why: On November 16, 2006, at about 9:10 PM, Francisco Garnica, 15, was fatally shot while walking on the east sidewalk of Lankershim Boulevard. Unknown suspects approached Francisco and shot him. The suspects then fled in a silver or green four-door car. Francisco died on the sidewalk, one apartment building away from where he lived.

The area in which Francisco resided is gang turf claimed by a North Hollywood gang (18th Street). At or about the time of Francisco's murder, gang members from that gang occupied and loitered in, around or near the apartment buildings.

It is the investigating detectives' opinion that there are witnesses to this shooting who are reluctant to come forward out of fear of retaliation.

On June 5, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for Francisco's murder.

Anyone with information is requested to call 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855)