Investigators Wednesday renewed a call for clues into the shooting death of a 20-year-old East Los Angeles Community College basketball player who was gunned down on his birthday in Monterey Park about 2 1/2 years ago.

A $20,000 reward remains available for information leading to whoever killed Saieed Ivey, who came to the Los Angeles area from Chicago to be a college student-athlete.

Ivey was killed about 4:30 a.m. on June 9, 2016. He had gotten into a Mercedes-Benz parked outside his apartment complex parking lot in the 800 block of West El Repetto Drive and while seated in the vehicle was shot in the upper body.

The young man, who was found in the back seat of the locked car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators said Ivey had some cash with him 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.

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.

Ivey had planned to fly back to Chicago the next day to celebrate another family birthday.

His 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, according to his family.

Los Angeles County is offering $10,000 of the reward money and Ivey’s family has matched that amount.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS or at

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