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News Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Media Relations

Homicide Detectives Search For Murder Suspects

" Homicide Detectives Search For Murder Suspects"


Los Angeles: Northeast Homicide Detectives are investigating the shooting death of 27 year-old, Mario Varelas.

On February 17, 2003, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Northeast Area officers with the assistance of Rampart Area officers, responded to a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon, in the 1900 block of West Sunset Blvd. Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim in the front passenger seat of a vehicle that had been riddled by gunfire. Mr. Varelas had sustained numerous gunshot wounds.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and a companion were driving in the area of Echo Park Avenue and Montana Street when they were approached by two male, Hispanics one of which asked "Where you from." The victims attempted to flee as the suspects opened fire on them. The victims drove to the 1900 block of West Sunset Boulevard and summoned the police.

Mr. Varelas was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.


The shooting suspects and the motive for the shooting are unknown at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Northeast Homicide detectives at 213-485-2566. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer, Grace Brady, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.