Teen Shot to Death on Avenue 51 Saturday

Police believe the shooting was gang related.

A 16-year-old boy was shot to death on Saturday in an apparent gang attack on Avenue 51, police announced Sunday.

The shooting happened at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Avenue 51, according to Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers patrolling the area near North Avenue 52 and Figueroa Street heard multiple gunshots and responded to the scene, Joseph said.

They discovered an unresponsive male on the ground at the scene. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Joseph said.

Detectives believe two suspects approached the victim and shot him, Joseph said, then fled the scene in a dark-colored mid-size vehicle.

"The motive for this homicide appears to be gang-related,'' Joseph said.

Authorities urged anyone with information regarding this shooting death to contact LAPD Northeast homicide detectives at (323) 344-5744 or 1-877-LAPD- 24-7.

HPGringo February 20, 2013 at 05:58 PM
I think nonoise it is the gangs that tag the neighborhood as a gangcenter not the people who are involved with the peace march. These are peace march people are saying that highland park is MORE than a gangcenter, they are saying that we are a peaceful community who want the best for our youth.
Erick February 20, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I've reported various nefarious activities but LAPD seems to be in a relaxed uncaring state, as these young individuals, continue to do damage to themselves and the community around them. We seriously need to unite as a community (like they've done in other, neighborhoods) and drive off would be drug dealers, and bad influences that plague this neighborhood. LAPD, Jose Huizar, and other parts of the city must work with the people in communities to provide safety for all. Also where are the truant officers, making sure these kids go and stay in school?
nonoise February 20, 2013 at 08:16 PM
The Senior Lead Officer does a great job. The community needs to better connect with the Senior Lead Officer and call LAPD to report stuff.
HPGringo February 20, 2013 at 08:20 PM
driving off bad influences just allows them to go elsewhere and infect other neighborhoods, whereas activity programs and work programs like Homeboy industries actually can solve the problem. Also the truant officers do not work 8:45pm on Saturday night when this shooting took place.
El Cid February 20, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Statistically the majority of the gang related activities and shootings are in CD 1 (South of York Blvd. - Councilman Ed Reyes's district. Don't hold your breath in getting much support from Ed Reyes!
El Cid February 20, 2013 at 09:21 PM
The Officer Allen is the new SLO for CD 1 Highland Park/South of York Blvd. He's FANTASTIC!
nonoise February 20, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Don, that is not CD1. CD1 is Officer Mesquita (don't know if I spelled it right). He is new too.
El Cid February 21, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Nonoise - I do not know Officer Mezquita or Mesquita. But, I was informed that SLO officers were reshuffled. And, South of York Blvd in HP was recently assigned to Officer Mark Allen. For years, Officer Allen worked with North of York Blvd. in HP. Officer Fernando Ochoa is now the SLO for North of York Blvd. and Officer Preciado is assigned to Eagle Rock. Are you telling me that South of York is not CD 1?
Ms. S February 21, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Nonoise, What is your solution to the gang problem in our community? And most importantly, what are you doing to make your community better? You think schools should stop wasting their money? Do you know how many credits a student needs to graduate? Do you know what it takes to get into college? Students spend most of their time at school and they need all the help they can get their diploma/degree. Education presents opportunities. Our youth need to set goals for themselves and to have good role models in their liife to guide them to make the best choices available. Educators can't do it alone and that's why I urge you to volunteer at your local school.
Manuel Ortega February 21, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Wow, the death of someone that had his whole life ahead of him is truly tragic. I've been a part of the Highland Park community for 5 years now and gangs just seem to be prevalent. That is why I have distanced myself from them, obtained a great education in high school, now in college, and have also set goals like Ms. S has stated. I know this might not be the appropriate section to ask but I need a Highland Park Veteran's input on this. In my English 101 class we have been assigned to write on local culture and I really can't decide what to write on. So far Lummis Day seems like a good focus but I am not sure, my fellow Veterans, is Lummis Day a good representative of local culture?
Nimby pimp February 21, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Congratulations to you, Manuel. Keep up the good work! We need more examples like you.
El Cid February 21, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Manuel keep up the great work! Have you considered "ARROYO CULTURE?" You can tie to Lummis Day too! http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/highland-park/arroyo-culture/
Picorian February 21, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Sad for the family of the deceased. Is it because it is gang related that no one seems to care much about the people who killed the boy (from reading comments)? There doesn't seem like there is much of a public manhunt from the LAPD. Love the peacewalk and community center, but still think the police has the greatest influence at this point in time.
Rev M G Martinez, ULC February 21, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Thanks. That disgusting cyberbanging's about to make me throw up! You promised to keep a sharp eye, Dave, and you are true to your word. The concept of placing white crosses at the site of homicides in Highland Park occurred to me about 24 years ago, after my friend Mark was gunned down in the alley behind Fidel's , on N. Av. 50. He left behind a young, pregnant widow... At the first Peace Walk Meeting, I was pleased, and quite proud, when the oppurtunity to see my vision come to fruition arose. Needless to say, my proposal was immediately adopted. I look forward to seeing it come to pass in real time, on May 11. The Anti-Gang effort we propose, is built on the love of a mother. Mother Day coinciding with this year's event. There is no measuring the effect a caring adult has on a child. If the child has someone who cares about them, it makes all the difference.
dee-aych February 22, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I'm all for positive programs for kids but the parents are the one's who need to step up their game.
Nimby pimp February 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Put these violent people and their kin on the Palmdale Express.
dee-aych February 22, 2013 at 05:37 PM
"but still think the police has the greatest influence at this point in time" The parents have the greatest influence.
grewupinhlp February 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Woe woe woe I live in Lancaster. . don't throw your kids away . Help them succeed. If the parent can't show them a better way then take it upon your self as a community to show them that there is a better way of life. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away.
Kiana L. Wilson February 27, 2013 at 04:04 PM
i knew him the 16 year old that passed its a sad time right now.
Kiana L. Wilson February 27, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I knew him the 16 year old that passed away we went to school together last year its a sad time right now.
Favorite White Girl March 14, 2013 at 03:06 AM
none of you saying anything thats even worth reading. You are all missing the whole thing. Dont you people get it? Gang member or not, a 16 year old child was damn murder in our neighbior that we all live in. 16 YEAR OLD CHILD. OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO DIE BEFORE US (THEIR PARENTS). Our children are suppose to out live us and the fact that they aren't isn't right. We need to start when they are very young, 6 years old if thats what it takes. When us as parents see the first sign that our child may be swaying towards wanting to be a gang member, us parents should ntake our child and show them all the different outcomes that will happen to them if they choose that life style and I mean every outcome. Some of you may say no because some of it is to graphic and horrifying but I think the more graphic the better. Make an imprint on their brain so they wont for get. Show them a gang member with his face blown half off all bloody with the flesh just hanging there. Put fear in them before they become gang members. Do it when they are young. Also take them to a state prison for a day or LA county Jail for a day. I dont know but I think its worth a shot if it saves even one of our babies.I know if I lost my baby it would kill me and like some of these parents its was the only child they had and now their baby is dead. Good Night All Be Safe!!!
Real1 March 28, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Real1 March 28, 2013 at 08:03 PM
@nimby pimp I always see you say disrespectful comments on this highland park patch website.so I'm guessing your one of those white hipster lookin people that started coming here to mvst?why don't u pick up your head an hold your nuts and the next gang member you see tell them how you feel like the way u sit behind your keyboard and say it??you see them everytime?the crash are blind they don't know monte vista like we do!why do you think they always say suspect is at large!?to the maker of this page I like how ur tryin to grab the community in one..but MONTE VISTA is ours now and forever never ending what's there not to comprehend ??Rest in peace Gonzalo I miss you real talk i love you no doubt to the heart!.they can't feel our struggle..rip Gonzalo rip Jonathan..Alta Tierra parque.
Ren March 28, 2013 at 08:20 PM
@Real1 ironic coming from a "gangbanger" who has to hide behind his "homies" because he's too much of a coward to fight his own battles. You may think you're strong, but you're cesspool scum, the lowest of the low. BTW, you might want to be careful what you post online as you're broadcasting your IP. Real smart there tough guy, LOL.
Favorite White Girl March 29, 2013 at 01:29 AM
@nimby pimp: I think that all of you are missing the while point. It doesn't matter if he was or wasn't a gang member. The point is that a child was killed. a child that wasn't suppose to die yet. Like I said before our children are not suppose to die before us. It's very sad.
Nimby pimp March 29, 2013 at 02:37 AM
@Real. I say disrespectful things about people I disrespect. Among the people I disrespect the most are sociopaths and cowards that victimize the innocent and most powerless. The reality is that in a rather short period of time, this area is no longer the domain of the Avenues or any other band of miscreants. They have been broken by the long arm of the law and the participation of a new brand of resident totally unimpressed by mocosos with spray cans and bicycles. Get a job, son.
Hooper Humperdink March 29, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Real1 - as someone who looks like a white guy and is a hipster I would like to say that not all of us share in Nimby's opinions. I grew up on the Westside but I have had a good share of friends and classmates mixed up in plenty of trouble and knew a few who got shot or stabbed and later died. I think the reality is that this whole gang on gang violence is the cheapest way to keep us all fighting ourselves rather than organizing an alternative path for our communities - away from prisons and courts and from the judgement of Nimby Pimps who choose to write off the lives of kids because they carry a fear of what they do not understand.
Concerned April 02, 2013 at 06:45 AM
This is so so sad. These children are being killed by other children and young adults. It's a war here in L.A. and in our country when there shouldn't be. These kids have so many opportunities here. They don't even realize what real war is in other countries. The difference with gang members is where they live and what their "group" is named. It's so awful that you die just because when asked, "where you from?" you are shot and killed because you live the "wrong" area according to the shooter. Oh I say MURDERER. If they took time to get to know each other they'd find they have much in common and could be friends. It's a deadly virus that needs a cure. JESUS is a great cure, but so many don't want to walk with our Lord because they know they aren't following what Jesus wants for them. In jail so many find Jesus.. which is great! Some will leave the gang life, some not. Even if they see dead friends, are disowned by family, spend time in prison, some will stay in the gang. They have their "reasons". We don't all see eye to eye. Killing with a gun is a coward's way. But maybe the gang member has his "reason" that we don't understand. We can deter kids by talking to, listening to, and showing better options for their life. Tomorrow is Gonzalo's B-Day. His family and friends will grieve and celebrate. How about when someone asks you, "where you from?" you answer by saying, "I come from our Lord Jesus, come walk with me." Stop the violence. PEACE
Concerned April 02, 2013 at 07:09 AM
It takes a real man to raise a real man. Men remember that. Too many men aren't living up to their responsibility as a father to BE THERE for their sons. There is way too much anger in our youth and they are taking it out on each other. It takes a real man more courage to walk away and do the right thing to not fight and kill. Be the example by living the example. I'm not just talking about fathers, but uncles, coaches, teachers. Kids have it all wrong when the main stream radio started playing all the gangster rap. Tupac didn't mean for our youth to copy what he was showing the world. Video of the Vietnam war on TV was meant to show the world what was happening to put a stop to it. Tupac did the same with gang wars In major cities. But kids thought it would be cool to emulate them and it spread like a virus. You cannot walk down the street of any city and be a male teen without some other male teen asking you "where you from?" Tagging crews are everywhere and they "beef it" with each other or some "click it" with others. It's gotten out of hand. They all want to one-up each other. It's so sad. Why don't you kids do something that will help the world like work, help you mom & stop arguing with her, help at your church, help the poor because there's always someone who has it worse off than you. Think of your future because life goes by so fast, make good choices. If you mess up, which we all do, learn & be positive and stay out of trouble or you'll be dead or in prison. PEACE
Concerned April 02, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Everyone has the right to walk a public street. Drug dealing is against the law. You don't own a street or neighborhood. Jealousy, greed, lust, disrespect, are what motivate you. Your sense of entitlement amazes me. Your sense of toughness appauls me. Anyone can shoot a gun so don't think you're so tough. I'm sure a lot of you are smart and talented. You just have too much anger, too much to "prove" to your homies and your "enemies". If you lead by example to do good the others will follow. It won't be perfect but it's a start. Gonzalo was to celebrate his Birthday today. It's tragic that he can't because he was gunned down by a coward. Gonzalo had every right to be able to walk on a street. Have people forgotten the Golden Rule? Treat others as you want to be treated. So am I to come to the conclusion that you don't care about yourself? JESUS loves you and cares about you. He wants you to care about yourself. Stop the violence. PEACE


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