14Aug

Hahn Announces $25k Reward in 2011 Whittier Double Homicide

Los Angeles, CA-This morning, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn held a press conference on the steps of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to announce a $25,000 reward aimed at finding the individual(s) responsible for the murders of 19-year-old Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas in 2011. She was joined by both victims’ families and members of the Sheriff’s Department.

“It has been seven long years and we still do not know who did this,” said Supervisor Hahn. “Cesar and Larry’s families deserve answers and there are people out there who have them. If you know anything about this horrific crime, I urge you to come forward.”

On Sunday, August 28, 2011, Villegas and Rodriguez were standing in the driveway of a home in unincorporated South Whittier when they were fatally shot. Both victims were lifelong residents of the area and Cesar Rodriguez was a Sheriff’s Youth Explorer at the Norwalk Sheriff’s Station at the time of his death. Investigators believe the victims may have been mistaken for local gang members who had been at the location earlier in the night. Neither victim had any gang affiliation and were merely visiting friends at the time of the incident.

“”It is going to be almost 7 years and nobody has come forward. We have no information,” said Cesar’s mother Lupe Rodriguez. “Cesar was going through the right path, so was Larry. To the person who did it, I don’t know how you can live, knowing us and we don’t know you.”

At the time of their deaths, both of these young men had promising futures.

For the previous four years, Cesar had been volunteering for the Explorer program with the LA County Sheriff’s Department Norwalk Station.  He had become the leader of his local post’s Honor Guard and worked at DUI checkpoints and National Night Out events.  He was a favorite at the Station and had just applied to be a full-fledged deputy.

Larry was a graduate of California High School and the Universal Technical Institute. He had a job he loved at Caterpillar and the company had just paid for him to go back to school and get his associates degree.  He was raising a 10 month old son and his girlfriend was pregnant with their second child-a daughter he would never get to meet.

If you have information about this crime, call Sergeant Michael Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.