Who: Investigating Detectives from Southeast Area Detective Division
What: Press Conference to Announce Reward for Murder Suspects
When: Thursday, October 2, 2003 10:00 a.m.
Where: Southeast Area Police Station 145 West 108th Street Los Angeles
Los Angeles: On May 22, 2003, Rogelio Magana was employed as a taxi driver. Magana was dropping off a fare near El Segundo Boulevard and Hoover Street when he was shot and killed. Homicide detectives have identified Edward Thomas, an 18 year-old male Black as the suspect in this case. A photograph of Thomas will be available to the media.
On August 23, 2003, 16 year-old Daniel Fitzgerald was shot and killed as he walked home from a store. A suspect who initiated a conversation regarding gang affiliation approached Daniel and then without provocation, shot him with a handgun. Daniel was an aspiring high school basketball player and was not involved in any gang activities.
A press conference is being held to announce the City’s offer of a $25,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of both suspects responsible for these senseless acts. The family of both victims will be in attendance.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents are urged to contact Southeast Detective’s at 213-485-6902. On weekends and during off-hours, please contact the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective’s Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.