Gang member convicted of the fatal shooting of an Echo Park four-year-old boy

Four-year-old Roberto Lopez loved creating artwork out of glitter and sequins at a neighborhood arts and community center in the southern edge of Echo Park. It was while Roberto was near that neighborhood center that he was fatally shot a year ago last month by a gang member on parole. Today, a jury found that gang member, 24-year-old Howard Astorga, found guilty of first-degree murder, according to Associated Press. Astorga was firing his gun at a speeding car but one of those bullets struck Roberto instead. Astorga faces a prison sentence of 82 years to life.

Since the murder, several groups have tried to organize residents of the neighborhood, wedged between Temple Street and Vista Hermosa Park, against crime.

Photo by Kevin McCollister/LAist

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  1. This Is very sad…….. I remember that Day. I was at this after school Program, because of this we had a little school Lockdown, that only lasted about 5 minutes. I was asking my after school coach why we had a school lockdown he told me because theres was shooting near by this area, so after it was done I went home. When I got home my sister seemed very shocked, she said this 4 year old boy got shot and When she told me that, that what made sense why I had that little lockdown also she told me she was there! she told me that she was at that community park and she was with her friends and heard shooting and went to see what was going on, and she saw the the boy on the ground bleeding and someone ran and try to cover the blood on his chest with a towel or something so then I turn on the tv and saw the news and this came out. it was everywhere. Very Sad indeed.
    RIP : Roberto Lopez

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