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LA Supervisors increase reward in Altadena pre-schooler cold case

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to extend and increase the reward amount offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person involved in the murder of four-year-old Salvador Esparza III.

The young boy was shot while standing on the porch of a home in unincorporated Altadena on July 5, 2016. Emergency responders found him lying on the porch with a single gunshot wound to his head. 


"My heart aches for Salvador’s family, their loss is unimaginable," said Supervisor Barger. "This innocent preschooler was robbed of his potential and future. I’ve doubled the reward amount from $25,000 to $50,000 with the hope that it will lead to

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Salvador Esparza, III. Courtesy of the Esparza family

the arrest of the perpetrator of this terrible crime. Justice for the Esparza family must be served"

 

Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo shared his sentiments as well. "Thank you, Supervisor Barger, for your lead- ership and support in not only extending, but also increasing the reward monies to help identify and arrest those responsible for the death of 4 year-old 'Chavita' Esparza. I am appealing to the public to step up and provide needed information to help us solve the horrific killing of this innocent little boy."

 

The murder is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Sgt. Dominick Recchia, a member of LASD’s Homicide Bureau, encouraged anyone with information to step forward.

 

"Any bit of information related to this shooting is helpful and can be the missing link to solving this murder. We protect the identity of all individuals who provide tips, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We won’t rest until the person responsible for this senseless murder is arrested."

 

LASD investigators believe the suspect is a gang member, and that the shooting was gang-related. Investiga-

tors also believe that the young boy and his family were not the intended target. 

To report a tip or provide information related to this shooting, contact LASD’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Spanish interpreters and interpreters who speak other languages are available. Tips can also be reported to the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

Metropolis News Service

20k reward issued in murder of South LA man

LOS ANGELES (CNS)Authorities announced a $20,000 reward for help in solving the killing of a man who was gunned down in January in a shopping center parking lot in an unincorporated area bordering South Los Angeles.


Reginald Thompson Sr., 33, was shot about 9 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 14400 block of South Vermont Avenue and died at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles County  office.


Thompson was in the parking lot with friends when four suspects got out of a black sedan, and at least two of them opened fire on the group, wounding Thompson and a man who survived, the sheriff's department reported.


Detectives and Thompson's family members held a news conference at the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau on Tuesday morning to seek the public's help in solving the crime.


Sheriff's Lt. Derrick Alfred told reporters that a motive for the shooting was not known.


"So far, what we're able to determine is it seems to be a random act,'' Alfred said. "Reginald and his friends don't appear to have any kind of gang ties. We weren't able to make that connection at allalthough the
suspects' actions do appear to be consistent with gang activity."


Alfred said the suspects may have mistaken Thompson or his friends for others.


"My son was a father, he was a brother, he was a friend," Caren Stephens said a the news conference. "He was fun, he was loving, and he did not deserve to be tragically struck. ...


"This could be anybody standing here, and I don't want to see other mothers suffer the pain and sorrow that I've had to endure with my family," Stephens added. "We are devastated, and if you saw something, please say
something."


The reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.