Detectives Investigate Death of Student who was Found Dead in his Bed

February 20, 2003


Los Angeles: On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Fabian Espinosa, an 18 year-old male Hispanic, was involved in a physical altercation with another 17 year-old male in the parking lot of Banning High School located at 1527 Lakme Avenue, in the City of Wilmington. Both individuals were students at Banning High School. Following the fight, Fabian Espinosa went home, where he complained of a headache and then began to vomit. He subsequently went to bed for the evening.
On February 20, 2003, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Fabian’s mother attempted to wake him up. He appeared to not be breathing. Los Angeles City Fire Department Paramedics were called to the location. They responded to the location and pronounced Fabian, dead at scene.
Harbor Area Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 310-548-7621. During off-hours or weekends, please call the 24-hour toll free number at the Department’s Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).
This press release was prepared by Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.