15-year-old shooting victim was smart, caring and had no gang ties, family members say

Ann M. Simmons (Los Angeles Times) | May 5, 2011

A 15-year-old youth who was fatally shot in Harbor City this week was a smart and caring young man who valued his family and had no gang ties, relatives of the victim said.

Ery Valdez was shot several times about 11.50 p.m. Wednesday in the 25400 block of Senator Avenue after an argument with an unidentified person, Los Angeles police said. Valdez, who was shot in the upper torso and legs, died at the scene.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Kathy Valdez, 17, the victim’s sister, said in a telephone interview Thursday. “No matter for what reason, he didn’t deserve this.”

Valdez said her brother attended Cooper High School and described him as an honest young man who “wasn’t in a gang of any kind.”

“He was a sweet guy,” said Valdez. “He cared for his family and friends.”

There are no details available of the killer, who fled, authorities said.

At least 22 homicides have been reported within two miles of the shooting scene since January 2007, according to coroner’s data collected for The Times’ interactive Homicide Report.

Minerva Valdez, the victim’s mother, was too distraught to talk Thursday, according to Kathy Valdez.

“My mother is heartbroken,” Valdez said. “That was her little boy, her little man. We don’t have a man around. He was the man of the house.”

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2 Comments for “15-year-old shooting victim was smart, caring and had no gang ties, family members say”

  1. Wolfman

    You dont have to have gang ties anymore to be shot and ki*led anymore as some of these krak head bangers will ki*l you over a parking place. Why was this 15 old kid out at 11:50 at night in that neighborhood ?

  2. Kenya

    That is heartbreaking indeed. I am from Chicago and sadly we now keep a tally of our students that are gunned down senselessly each year. I hate to see things like this. I try to mentor and teach at risk youth and I implore you to do the same. Visit http://www.tyrocdc.org/about_dante/ and make a difference. God bless.

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