$25,000 Reward Offered in 2011 Killing of Sheriff's Explorer, Friend

posted by City News Service - 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A $25,000 reward was offered today for information leading to whoever killed a young man, who volunteered as an Explorer at the sheriff's Norwalk Station, and his friend nearly seven years ago.

County Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended the reward and encouraged witnesses to tell law enforcement what they know.

"It has been seven long years and we still do not know who did this,” Hahn said at a news conference at the downtown Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. "Cesar and Larry's families deserve answers and there are people out there who have them. If you know anything about this horrific crime, I urge you to come forward.”

Cesar Rodriguez, 19, of Whittier, was fatally shot as the aspiring deputy stood with a friend, 24-year-old Larry Villegas, in front of a house in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue in an unincorporated area near Whittier about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2011.

A gray Scion sedan appeared in front of the men, and the driver pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, the sheriff's department reported soon after the killings.

Three or four people were in the car.

Investigators believe the victims, neither of whom were affiliated with gangs, may have been mistaken for local gang members who had been at the scene earlier in the night.

Anyone with more information was urged to call sheriff's Sgt. Michael Rodriguez at (323) 574-1363.

Today, I’m joining the families of Cesar Rodriguez and Larry Villegas to announce a $25,000 reward for information leading the arrest of the individual(s) who shot and killed Cesar and Larry in 2011. At the time of their death, Cesar, just 19, was a Sheriff’s Youth Explorer and Larry, just 24, had a job he loved at Caterpillar. He had just earned an Associates Degree. The lives of Cesar and Larry were cut tragically short by senseless gun violence in Unincorporated South Whittier. Their families deserve closure. If you have any information about their murder, I urge you to call (323) 890-5500.

Posted by Supervisor Janice Hahn on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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