Birthday Party Ends With One Dead

February 3, 2003

Los Angeles: On Friday, January 31, 2003 at approximately 11:05 p.m., several community members reported hearing gunshots in the 9500 block of Noble Avenue in North Hills. Devonshire Area patrol officers responded and learned a birthday party had been held at the residence. During the party, the victim, Matthew Yuhasz, a 17 year-old male Hispanic from the Sylmar area, became involved in a verbal dispute with another male Hispanic. The suspect produced a handgun and fired several shots at the victim, striking him multiple times.
The victim was transported to Holy Cross Hospital by other partygoers and was pronounced dead by hospital personnel.
Devonshire Area Homicide Detectives assumed investigative responsibility for the murder, which led to the arrest of a juvenile from the North Hills area.
Anyone with information should contact Devonshire Detectives at 818-756-8291.
On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL, 1-877-529-3855.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Adriana N. Sanchez, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.