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Suspect Charged in Morales Killing

Daniel F. Aguilar is being held without bail.

Daniel F. Aguilar, 19, was on Wednesday morning charged in Los Angeles Superior Court for allegedly killing Pedro Morales and wounding of his brother on Saturday evening in Highland Park.

"The investigation has pretty much winded down since Aguilar was identified," said LAPD Northeast Homicide Detective Jose Carillo. "All of the evidence we've found along the way led to him being charged. "

Carillo also confirmed that the weapon used in shooting was a shotgun. Police also believe the shooting to be gang related.

Aguilar was ordered to be held without bail at Los Angeles County prison facility. His next court date has not been scheduled yet, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

, Morales and his brother were both shot at around 6:20 p.m. in front of an apartment building on 5300 Monte Vista St. on Saturday, July 7. The Coroner's office did not release the name of Morales' brother, who suffered non-life threatening wounds from a shotgun blast to the shoulder.

Katie July 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Blame the Catholic Church! According to CDC.gov, half of all pregnancies in the US every year are unintended! (http://www.cdc.gov/NCHS/data/series/sr_23/sr23_029.pdf page 9)
patty July 17, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Pedro was NOT affiliated with any gangs, so if you don't know nothing, don't disrespect& say ignorant comments. & I can't feel bad for the suspect, he took an innocent life,
luisa October 30, 2012 at 09:36 AM
The suspect lost him mom to a gang member killing her??? &you 9erforlife &may expect us to feel pitty for him, when instead of changing as a better person, he did the SAME EXACT THING as his mother's killer did, he killed a FATHER OF 4 ,an innocent man who had absolutely nothing to do with this. And Pedro was NOT under no circumstances a "gang member " he was a great, caring, loving person who's families life's will forever be different! So watch what you say because you are wrong &don't know anything about Pedro. Rest in peace Peter! You'll always be in my prayers!
The MOG October 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
The majority of the tentents in the so-called Pink Apts., are not criminals, or in gangs. They are hard working people of color. The teens who live there are typical of any in the city. A friend and I were talking about this corner, & we both agree that it's been relatively quiet for at least the last 10 years. You don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water, do you? Don't stigmatize an entire apartment building because of a few bad apples...or because a family is struggling under conditions of poverty, and the discrimination of so-called "nieghbors."

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