The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved $10,000 rewards Tuesday in the unrelated shooting deaths of a 27-year-old Pasadena resident and a 63-year-old man whose body was found in a culvert off Mount Baldy Road.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended a reward in the case of 27-year-old Ernesto Jimenez, who was found wounded and lying on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Parke Street, near Orange Grove Boulevard and Marengo Avenue in Pasadena, around 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
Jimenez, who was shot more than once in the upper body, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers who responded to the shots fired call later learned that Jimenez left his home after dinner and was walking to Villa Park when someone opened fire. Jimenez tried to run back to his residence but collapsed before he could reach the door.
Neighbors lovingly called him “Big Ernesto” and “Big Boy,” according to Barger, who said he was a caring person who liked to play music and hang out with neighbors in Villa Park.
Jimenez was not a gang member and had no gang affiliations, she said.
Barger urged anyone with additional information on the shooting to call Detective Jordan Ling at the Pasadena Police Department, 626-744-4081, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Barger also recommended a $10,000 reward for information leading to the killer of 63-year-old Gerald “Miles” Purdue, whose body was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest in a culvert near the 3.09-mile marker on Mount Baldy Road north of Claremont on March 25.
Detectives later found out that a black, older model, four-door sedan was seen at the turnout around the time Purdue died, however no other clues have helped them identify the killer, according to Barger.
The Sheriff’s Department said Purdue’s vehicle was recovered at the scene.
Anyone with more information on the killing was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers.