Gabriel Soto. Photo courtesy of East Los Angeles College
Gabriel Soto. Photo courtesy of East Los Angeles College

A $20,000 reward was being offered Tuesday for information leading to whoever shot and killed a 21-year-old college football player in East Los Angeles nearly 2 1/2 years ago.

Gabriel Soto of Monterey Park was one of two men shot around 2:50 a.m. on May 25, 2013 at 601 S. McDonnell Ave., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The 2009 Garfield High School graduate died at a hospital. The other victim was shot in a leg, treated at a hospital and released.

A freelance television producer said the victims and other people were at a party in a home’s garage when a suspect approached and opened fire.

The suspect was described at the time as an Latino male, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 150 pounds with long black hair.

County Supervisor Hilda Solis will join Sheriff Jim McDonnell, homicide bureau detectives and Soto’s family members at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon to announce the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of suspects in the case.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the killer was urged to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. All tips can be made anonymously.

— City News Service

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