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News Release

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Media Relations

Family Pleads for Public's Help

Los Angeles: The family of Larry Watson and detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Police Station held a news conference today to ask the public's help in finding the person responsible for Watson's death.

"Mr. Watson was a good man," said Detective Leo Kerchenske. "We think the motive was a mistake in identity, which compounds the tragedy. But it also means the suspects are still out there and a threat to society."

Larry Watson, 25, was killed on June 4, 2006, around 10 PM when a man walked up to him and shot him in the chest. Watson was visiting friends in the 9200 block of South Central Avenue.

"We have very few leads in this case," Detective Kerchenske said. "But there are people out there who know what happened. We hope they will come forward. An innocent man is dead and his family is grieving."

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kerchenske at 213-972-7850. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).