The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the gunman responsible for killing an East Los Angeles College basketball guard on his 20th birthday in Monterey Park two years ago.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the reward in the case of Chicago native Saieed Ivey, who was found shot in the chest in the back seat of a locked silver Mercedes-Benz in the parking of his apartment complex on July 9, 2016.
Deputies responded to the call of a gunshot victim in the 800 block of West El Repetto Drive about 4:30 a.m.
Investigators told the Chicago Tribune that Ivey had some cash with him in the car and was wearing a wristwatch, making it unlikely that it was a robbery. No alcohol, drugs or weapons were found in the car, which had its headlights on, the newspaper reported.
Ivey had been out celebrating his birthday, came home and then asked for the keys to the car, which belonged to a friend’s mother. Residents reported hearing arguing, but authorities said it was not clear whether the shouts were connected to the shooting.
The young man had planned to fly back to Chicago the next day to celebrate another family birthday, according to the Tribune.
Ivey’s half brother, 21-year-old Mario Hines, was gunned down inside a car in Chicago in 2010, which helped motivate Ivey to work hard and stay off the streets, a family member told the newspaper.
A family friend said Ivey was confident on the basketball court when playing for Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, a local high school.
“He would call out, `Watch this!’ and then shoot from anywhere,” Sonny Parker told the Tribune. “And it wasn’t like he was bragging. He was just confident and full of energy. Full of joy. Always smiling.”
Solis urged anyone with information about the shooting to call the sheriff’s Detective Gus Carrillo at (323) 890-5635 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).