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LAPD: 2 Men in Drive-by Shooting Killed by Rival Gang Members For Tagging

Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert says one of the victims had been recently released from prison.

LAPD Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert at the Community Policing Advisory Board meeting on July 22, 2013. Credit: Ajay Singh
LAPD Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert at the Community Policing Advisory Board meeting on July 22, 2013. Credit: Ajay Singh

Two men who perished in Glassell Park after a drive-by shooting on Cypress Avenue Saturday were gang members who were tagging in Cypress Park and were targeted by members of a rival gang, according to Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division Capt. Jeff Bert.

Bert told a meeting of the Community Policing Advisory Board at the Northeast Station Monday evening that the older of the two victims, Alfred Lopez, 32, was released from prison recently after serving a long sentence for violent crime.

Neither Lopez nor the other victim in the shooting, Juan Martinez, 18, lived in Cypress Park, although both were “local” residents, Bert said, stopping short of saying just which neighborhood they lived in.

The captain also refused to name the gang suspected of killing Lopez and Martinez. “The last thing I want is a retaliation,” he said.

The LAPD is seeking the community’s help in apprehending the suspected killers, who were seen driving an older-model green or blue-colored Nissan Altima at the time of the shootings.

The shootings took place at around 3:35 a.m. at Cypress Avenue and Future Street. The victims were traveling in a Ford Explorer along with a third occupant who escaped with minor injuries. The Explorer continued to roll about a mile before it crashed near the intersection of Eagle Rock Boulevard (Cypress Avenue becomes northbound Eagle Rock Boulevard) and Verdugo Road

Saturday's murders raise to three the number of people killed in suspected gang-related drive-by shootings across Northeast L.A. in a little less than two months. On May 28, suspected gang members shot to death Ernesto Ramirez, a 21-year-old Highland Park resident, on the 4700 block of Benner Street, a leafy residential area near Avenue 57 where some of his relatives live. Ramirez's killers are still at large.

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JJimenez August 03, 2013 at 06:15 AM
When I was a punk teen and early twenty-something, I did drugs, dealt drugs, debased women, stole cars, burglarized homes, tagged other people's property, and I was kicked out of both high school and college for my awful behavior. When I was 16 years old, I was arrested on Mother’s Day for stealing a car stereo in my own neighborhood, and I was placed on probation. I was not an “innocent teen, full of potential.” I was full of something all right, but it wasn’t potential. I was a piece of teenage, criminal crap. I chose to break the law. I chose alcohol and drug use and abuse. I chose to be an idiot and to emulate fools. I chose to let down and disappoint my family, my community, and my God, over and over and over. I was hell on two legs and I had no one to blame but myself. During that nearly decade of decadence, I’m glad I didn’t die or get killed in that state because I would have gone straight to hell. Yes, call me weird, but I believe in a literal heaven and a literal hell and I would have been on the elevator going all the way down to the bottom floor. During my time of gleefully following el Diablo’s lead, I shot at people, had knives and guns drawn on me, and was shot at countless times. One summer night back in 1978, my buddies and I were ripping off a car and were busted red-handed by the home owner who pulled out a pump shotgun, racked a round, but was unable to get off a shot because the direction in which I ran, and I was able to get away. If I would have been shot and killed that evening, it would have sucked, but at the same time, it would have been a just punishment because my life choices put me in a direct path of destruction. If I would have died of an overdose or from a crime that I had committed, I would hope to God that no one would stand over my casket and blame other people, or culture, or lack of education, or the neighborhood I grew up in, because that stuff was all on me. Look, young thugs, you can blame a million different things in life for why you do what you do, and the media, reverends, activists and the press can run posthumous interference for you, sanitizing your sullied past, and talking about how you were just starting to get your life together. But that doesn’t change the eternal fact that God is going to hold you personally responsible for your actions; and you cannot BS him. If I were you, and I was at one time, I’d get on my knees, take responsibility for my sins, ask God to forgive me, repent and follow Christ instead of a violent gang culture, and turn your crappy life around before it's too late. Trust me, you’ll never regret leaving that stupid junk behind; and I can testify that God will do abundantly and beyond all that you could ask or even imagine.
Sac August 05, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Right on JJimenez. I'm glad you've changed for the good and direct these youngsters a life that's more promising than the illusion of being a gangster. I grew up in the neighborhood too and have seen a lot of stuff go down. Luckily I had the strong arm of my folks to direct me towards the right direction. Many of my childhood friends are no longer with us because of choices they've made...whether being part of the parqueros or avenidas...it was a lose-lose situation not only for them but for the family too. Although I agree with most posts here that we all have to be accountable for our actions, what many fail to realize is that for many its just the way of life...that's what we had available to us as kids...that's what we saw everyday. There wasn't any programs like there are now; city officials didn't give a rats ass about this side; new businesses wouldn't come in; etc. Not until I went off to college had I conversed with people that were not my own. Man...the York Blvd. of before, is nothing like the York Blvd. of now. It's always easier to critique when you have not seen nor experienced what most that have resided in the area over 15-20yrs. Lets keep the gentrification going...lets be open to change.

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