Gang member sentenced in killing of Echo Park boy, 4

L.A. Now
March 18, 2010

A parolee and documented gang member was sentenced Thursday to 93 years to life in state prison for the 2009 slaying of a 4-year-old boy in Echo Park.

Roberto Lopez Howard Astorga, 26, was convicted in February of the kil#i*gg of Roberto Lopez Jr, who was hit by a stray bullet as he walked with his sister and cousins to a park in the 1200 block of Court Street, prosecutors said.

Astorga had intended to shoot a rival gang member, police said.

The crime sparked community outrage. More than 500 people attended Roberto’s funeral, where Cardinal Roger M. Mahony conducted a Mblank in Spanish.

— Robert J. Lopez

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