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$75K reward for L.A. double-murder info

July 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The LAPD wants to put a double-murderer behind bars, and now they're asking for your help. The suspect is wanted for shooting to death a young couple sitting in a parked car. A $75,000 reward is now being offered to catch the killer."I beg for you to turn yourself in because you took my sister," said Erica Aguilera, sister to murder victim Brenda Aguilera.

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Heart-wrenching pleas from the families of the young couple gunned down in their South Los Angeles neighborhood just over two months ago.

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Vega-Plascencia, and 21-year-old Brenda Aguilera were sitting in his car on Sunday night, April 27. At about 10:45, a lone gunman walks up and opens fire, killing them both.

It happened on the corner of 48th and Wall streets in front of their homes.

The gunman, according to police, then turned around and shot three women who were standing nearby. They survived.

The city of L.A. is now offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the man who killed Aguilera and Vega-Plascencia.

"It was really hard going through this," said Ashley Aguirre, Vega-Plascencia's sister. "We never though it was going to happen, and it's just really sad because my brother was a really nice person. Brenda, as well, was a nice person."

"I'm never, ever, ever in this life going to get a chance to hug her, to kiss her," said Erica Aguilera.

According to the family and detectives, the two victims in this case had no gang affiliations, and were never really in any kind of trouble. As for the reasons why they were shot that night, that's why detectives are asking for your help in solving this case.

"Basically, we have two innocent victims sitting in the vehicle in front of one of the victims' residence, and a suspect walks up and shoots them both," said LAPD Detective Johnny Villa. "So that's basically where we are right now."

In Spanish, the grieving mother of Jonathan Vega-Plascencia says she forgives the gunman who killed her son.

The gunman is described only as Latino, driving away in either a dark green or dark blue van.

"Seventy-five-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and capture and prosecution of these people who did this," said L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry. "You can see what it has done to these families, you can see what it has done to this community."

If you have any information on the suspect police are looking for, you're urged to contact the LAPD toll-free at (877) LAW-FULL (529-3855). You don't have to identify yourself.

 

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