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News Release

Monday, December 18, 2006

Media Relations

Reward Offered for Two Separate Murders

What:
News conference asking for the public's help identifying two murder suspects

When:
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
10:00 A.M.

Where:
Northeast Area Community Police Station
3353 San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Who:
Northeast Homicide Detectives
Victims' Family Members

Why:
Councilmember Ed Reyes introduced a motion for rewards for two unsolved murder cases, which was approved by the City Council.

On October 14, 2006, Christopher Fragoso and Jese Velez were sitting outside of Velez' home in the 2800 block of Macon Street. Two gunmen approached them and asked for their gang affiliation. When the victims replied that they were not gang members, the suspects fired several rounds with a high powered rifle, killing Fragoso and wounding Velez. A reward of $75,000 is being offered.

On the evening of July 21, 2006, a graduation party was held at a residence in the 100 block of East Avenue 40. A fight broke out between two partygoers. The involved persons were escorted out of the party. As they were walking to their cars, the fight resumed. Zelvin Reyes, 17, intervened to prevent his friend from getting beaten, when an unknown suspect shot him in the back. A reward of $50,000 is being offered.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Northeast Homicide Detectives at 213-847-4261. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).