The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to reinstate three rewards in unrelated shootings that took the lives of a 27-year-old Altadena man, a 53-year-old Arizona woman and a teen and a young woman, who were killed in a car parked in Carson.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended re-establishing a $20,000 reward in the killing of 27-year-old Robert Calderon, who was found lying on a parkway by police officers responding to a shots fired call in the 600 block of North Mentor Avenue on the night of Dec. 18, 2015.
Calderon, an Altadena resident, was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral.
In the months before he died, Calderon completed a certificate program at Pasadena City College designed to prepare him for a career as an electrical lineman or apprentice, hoping to follow in his stepfather’s footsteps.
The reward, which expired Jan. 19, will now be available for at least another 90 days. Barger urged anyone with additional information to call Pasadena Detective Jordan Ling, 626-744-4081.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas asked his colleagues to re-establish a $10,000 reward for information in the killing of 53-year-old Tauvaaga “Judy” Lauvai, who was visiting from Arizona to celebrate Father’s Day with her family when she was shot nearly two years ago.
An additional $25,000 is being offered by the city of Carson, bringing the total to $35,000.
Lauvai was shot just before 9 p.m. on June 16, 2018. A light-colored, four-door sedan stopped in front of her relatives’ home in the 22700 block of Island Avenue and someone inside the car opened fire. She died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. Another family member’s leg was grazed by a bullet.
Investigators found no evidence that the family was specifically targeted and believe the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Lauvai worked at Arizona State University as an administrative assistant. The Carson High School graduate had lived in the city for more than 50 years before moving out of state.
Ridley-Thomas also recommended reinstating a $10,000 reward — which expired April 5 — for information on the killings of 19-year-old Erin Lavender and 17-year-old Dalelaja Hearn, who were shot last Dec. 15 while sitting a parked vehicle along with three other people outside a home in the 20300 block of Alvo Avenue about 8:50 p.m.
Two suspects walked toward the vehicle, and one of them opened fire. Lavender and Hearn, who had just attended a memorial for a friend, died at a hospital. Lavender was from Fresno and played on the softball team at Compton College. Hearn was a high school student from Carson. T
An additional $20,000 reward was offered by the city of Carson, bringing the total to $30,000.
At a January news conference attended by members of the victims’ families, Carson Mayor Albert Robles appealed for people to help in the investigation.
“We’re begging you to do the right thing; come forward,” he said. “Share what information you know, whether it’s for the reward or not for the reward. Do the right thing.”
A white SUV was seen in security video in the neighborhood, and authorities want to talk to the occupant or occupants.
Ridley-Thomas asked anyone with additional information on the Carson crimes to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.
Residents with information on any of the crimes can also call Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).
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