Suspect held in Silver Lake slaying

Kurt Streeter (Los Angeles Times) | August 31, 2011

A popular Silver Lake pizza deliveryman who was fatally shot while driving co-workers home was a hard-working employee who diligently saved his money to send to his mother in Mexico.

Juan David Vasquez Loma, 25, had been kept on life support for a week after the shooting — a result of apparent road rage — so that his mother could see him a final time.

Loma’s violent death marks a “horrible and senseless kil#i*gg,” said L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose district straddles the street corner where the shooting occurred.

LaBonge was among those who gathered Tuesday to announce that a teenager had been arrested and charged in Loma’s slaying.

Jose Beltran, an 18-year-old who lives with his mother about a mile from the scene of the shooting, had been in jail since Aug. 19, when he was pulled over by a gang detail near downtown and cited for a traffic violation and illegal possession of a handgun, LAPD officials said.

While Beltran was in custody, homicide detectives determined that he matched the description of the suspect in the Aug. 7 slaying of Loma, who worked as a busboy at a popular Sunset Boulevard eatery and as a deliveryman for a Silver Lake pizza restaurant.

Investigators believe the two encountered each other about 5 a.m. at Micheltorena and Effie streets, said LAPD Det. Jose M. Carrillo.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0831-pizza-man-20110831,0,13638.story

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1 Comment for “Suspect held in Silver Lake slaying”

  1. LATINO

    these gangs dont care about there raza thats why there going to roth i hell

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