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Man found dead in La Puente neighborhood

March 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A father of six children was gunned down and found on a sidewalk in La Puente early Saturday. Investigators are looking into the possibility that he was shot elsewhere and his body was dumped in his neighborhood.

The shooting in the 15900 block of Hill Street was reported at 3:54 a.m. However, neighbors said they heard gunshots around 2 a.m. The victim, identified as Ellis "Ray" Rachal, was declared dead at the scene.

The victim's wife, Michelle Rachal, said her husband would spend time with friends on the weekend but would always be home early.

"He was just a really sweet person," Rachal said. "He will be missed and I hope whoever did this that they realize they took something great from the lives of me and my children and my family."

Anyone with more information about the slaying was asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500.