Los Angeles: This afternoon, Los Angeles Police Department detectives held a news conference in connection with the unsolved murder of 22-year-old Kendrick Blackmon. The victim’s family and friends, along with LAPD detectives, are hoping the offer of a $50,000 reward will help solve the case.
Earlier this year on April 21 about 1:35 a.m., Blackmon was murdered for no apparent reason as he was driving home with friends heading south on San Pedro Street toward Century Boulevard. Suddenly a vehicle pulled up next to him, and one or more suspects began shooting at his car. The suspects then drove away, leaving Blackmon fatally struck from gunshot wounds.
The case has been particularly troubling for detectives and family members, as there have been few leads, and Blackmon had no gang affiliations or criminal history. So far, no witnesses have come forward, and detectives have pretty much exhausted their leads.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Detectives Hernandez or Marullo at (213) 485-4341. During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to www.lapdonline.org. and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”