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News Release

Monday, June 3, 2002

Media Relations

Detectives Seek Assistance in Finding Killer of Leonard Despenza

"Detectives Seek Assistance in Finding Killer of Leonard Despenza"


Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department, Wilshire Operations Support Division, Homicide detective are investigating the shooting death of Leonard Despenza a 20-year old, male Black, which occurred on June 2, 2002 at approximately 1:15 a.m..

The victim was found in front of 821 South Normandie Avenue. Witnesses observed the suspects enter a black Honda and flee the scene. The suspects are described as an unknown female and a male Black or Hispanic with long hair. A third suspect was driving the vehicle, but was not described.

Anyone with information should contact Wilshire Homicide Detectives Parshall or Holroyd at 213-473-0444. 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 Jose L. Rodriguez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.