It has been 13 days because the final time Elisa Guardado noticed her son alive.
“He informed me he was going to return again dwelling and eat some tacos dorados, however he by no means got here again dwelling. My household and my neighborhood really feel destroyed as a result of we nonetheless do not know something. We do not know what occurred with my son,” mentioned Guardado in Spanish throughout a press convention on Tuesday in Los Angeles, demanding solutions in regards to the circumstances surrounding the dying of Andrés Guardado, 18.
The younger man was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy on June 18, whereas working as a safety guard at an auto physique store in Gardena.
The outcomes of Andrés’ post-mortem report, mentioned legal professional Adam Shea on the press convention, might assist carry some readability to the household and neighborhood members mourning the 18-year-old’s dying. His agency, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, represents the household.
However the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division positioned a “safety maintain” on Andrés’ case final week. The maintain was positioned two days after Capt. Kent Wegener, head of the murder bureau, mentioned at a information convention they deliberate on releasing the post-mortem report back to the general public.
So long as “the case stays on safety maintain, the report can’t be launched” to the general public, Sarah Ardalani, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner, informed NBC Information in an e mail.
The officers’ failure to elucidate precisely what sparked the deputy-involved capturing that resulted in Andrés’ killing has made the household’s “grieving course of that rather more troublesome,” legal professional Spencer Lucas, who works with Shea, informed NBC Information.
Demanding “speedy launch” of report
Since then, the Guardado household has been urging officers to right away launch the Los Angeles County medical expert’s report following Andrés’ post-mortem.
Andrés’ dad and mom, Elisa and Cristóbal, and their attorneys despatched a letter to Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Sunday “to demand the speedy launch” of the post-mortem report after it was positioned on maintain “with out clarification or justification.”
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division didn’t reply to NBC Information’ request for remark in regards to the letter or the “safety maintain” positioned on the post-mortem.
The household and attorneys despatched a letter to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Monday urging them to “intervene and organize for the discharge of Andrés’ post-mortem report,” after related requests made to Villanueva have been “ignored.”
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors didn’t reply to NBC Information’ request for remark.
At a time when “there’s been some conflicting data so far as precisely what occurred,” Shea mentioned, they haven’t obtained a response following the “county and the sheriff’s division refusal to present us data.”
The household has employed an impartial forensic skilled to conduct an post-mortem, mentioned Lucas, they usually anticipate to have ends in a matter of days, “and that ought to actually make clear what precisely occurred.”
In keeping with Wegener, two deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Workplace noticed Andrés speaking to somebody in a automotive on West Redondo Seashore Boulevard when he seemed on the deputies, “produced a handgun” and began operating away. After deputies chased Andrés into an alley behind a constructing, one of many deputies shot him six occasions, hitting him within the higher torso. Andrés was pronounced useless on the scene.
Shea mentioned that based mostly on the data they “have presently from witnesses is that they imagine he was shot within the again.” Wegener mentioned post-mortem outcomes would decide that.
On the scene, investigators recovered a modified .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that appeared to have been pieced collectively from totally different components. It had no markings or serial quantity and had not been fired, in line with Wegener, main police to imagine that Andrés didn’t hearth the gun.
Authorities have recommended that the weapon belonged to Andrés, “and that data is opposite to all the pieces that the household and buddies and coworkers know,” mentioned Shea.
“We don’t imagine that he had a gun. There was a gun on the scene, how and why that gun was there and who it belonged to is a query that must be answered,” he added.
Authorities haven’t but mentioned what prompted the capturing.
One cause particulars round what prompted the incident stay unclear is that the officers didn’t have physique cameras, and investigators have struggled to entry surveillance video from the alley the place the capturing passed off.
It’s nonetheless unclear whether or not there’s any surveillance video displaying what occurred, mentioned Shea.
Authorities haven’t but launched the names of the deputies concerned, however sources near the case recognized them as Deputies Miguel Vega, who opened hearth, and Chris Hernandez, who did not shoot, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
“Many choices for a shiny future”
Cristóbal Guardado, Andrés’ father, informed NBC Information in Spanish that he nonetheless waits for his son to return dwelling.
“My son was a boy with many choices for a shiny future. He favored to work, research and do sports activities,” he mentioned, including that his son dreamed of turning into a physician in the future.
On Monday, Villanueva informed members of the Compton Metropolis Council that he would quickly make public investigative findings within the capturing of Andrés, together with surveillance movies and search warrants, NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate KNBC reported.
“We have been asking for very fundamental data that must be supplied to a grieving household,” mentioned Lucas. “It is making not solely the actual fact discovering that a lot tougher, however it’s including additional stress and grief on the household.”
The Guardado household has already began the method to formally sue L.A. County officers over their son’s killing, mentioned Lucas.
“The one factor we wish is Justice for Andrés and that the those that harmed him pay for what they did to my son,” Cristóbal mentioned.