A $25,000 reward will be announced Tuesday for information leading to whoever killed a Whittier man who volunteered as an Explorer at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station and his friend nearly seven years ago.

Cesar Rodriguez, 19, who was planning on becoming a deputy, was fatally shot as he 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. No arrests have been made.

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.

The reward will be announced Tuesday morning at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles where sheriff’s and county officials will be joined by victims’ family members.

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