Rewards of $50,000 each were in effect Wednesday for information that helps police solve three killings in Pacoima.
The latest crime occurred on the night of May 9 in the 13200 block of Cornelius Street.
Davon Pledger, 26, was standing outside a friend’s residence at about 10:40 p.m. when three men in a dark-colored sedan shot him multiple times, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. No description was released of the suspects.
“Detectives are continuing to investigate, but have not identified any leads,” an LAPD statement said.
On Feb. 22 at about 12:30 a.m., Omar Medina, 27, was at a party near Montague Street and Telfair Avenue when he was confronted by a group of men who assaulted him. Three of the men produced handguns and fatally shot him.
On Feb. 15, 2019 at about 8 p.m., officers sent to the 12800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard on a shots-fired call found 18-year-old Michael Kelly shot to death.
Police said Kelly was walking with a friend when they were approached by two suspects in a dark-colored sedan. One asked Kelly if he “banged” and he said no, then a suspect in the front passenger seat produced a gun and fatally shot Kelly.
Family members of the victims spoke at a news conference Wednesday imploring the public for help, including Michael Kelly’s father.
“We home-schooled all three of our children to keep them from a lot of the bad influences that are out there. And yet you still never know what can happen on just a rainy night … getting off the bus with a friend and being approached by someone in car, and then they just start shooting,” he said. “So we just ask for your help. It’s been a year and a half and we won’t stop until we see justice.”
Pledger’s mother said her son was “the kindest person ever,” and lived for his two little boys “just as well as I lived for him.” She urged anyone who knows anything about the shooting to contact police.
“Do not be afraid: Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, whomever (saw) it, whoever has a child, a grandchild, put yourself in my shoes, see how I feel,” she pleaded.
Police believe the shootings were gang-related, although the victims were apparently chosen randomly.
The rewards were offered by the Los Angeles City Council. Anyone with information on any of the cases was urged to call LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives at 818-374-9550; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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