A 36-year-old City Terrace man was shot and killed Saturday night near Marengo and Fickett, becoming the 11th homicide victim reported so far this year.

Police said the victim was walking when he was approached by an unknown person and shot, around 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 12. He was transported by paramedics to a local hospital where he died.

Police said it was unknown if the shooting was gang-related.

Authorities have not yet identified the victim, but a family member said that his name was Samuel Montes, the second youngest of six brothers and sisters, and that he lived with his father in nearby City Terrace.

The victim’s older brother, Gilbert Montes, said that Samuel was not affiliated with a gang. The man often went out for walks on his own and may have been a victim of a random attack, his brother said.

Funeral services are still pending. Gilbert Montes said that he and his siblings hope to memorialize their brother and are talking to the property owner at the site of the shooting, about perhaps painting a mural to honor Samuel and other shooting victims in the neighborhood.

No suspect has been identified and the homicide is under investigation, an LAPD spokesperson said.

According to a Boyle Heights Beat review of police records and news reports, Saturday’s was the eleventh homicide reported in Boyle Heights so far this year. Five days earlier, a man was shot and killed at Fresno and Winter. The victim has been identified by the coroner as Óscar Bórquez, a 31-year-old  Latino male.

In a related item, a fatal shooting was reported Wednesday night in neighboring East Los Angeles. 

The incident was reported shortly after 6 pm in a residential area in the 6100 block of E. Allston Street. The LASD said they found the victim in a nearby alley, suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body.

The victim, a male Black in his late 30s, was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It’s the 13th homicide reported this year in East Los Angeles.

This story was updted on Sept. 18 with information about the victim.





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Antonio Mejías-Rentas

Antonio Mejías-Rentas is a Senior Editor at Boyle Heights Beat, where he mentors teenage journalists, manages the organization’s website and covers local issues. A veteran bilingual journalist, he's...

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