R.I.P. Eric & Chopper *

A reader sent in this photo of a tagging tribute to Eric Zamarripa and Carlos Gonzales , who were killed one week ago Sunday after allegedly being shot by a fellow Echo Park gang member. Gonzales, who lived in Highland Park, was known as “Chopper.”

Meanwhile, a man who claims to be an uncle of Eric posted a story about his nephew on LatinoLA:

“Eric was not without demons. He struggled with gang issues which landed him in jail and alienated him from those who cared. Like many young Latinos who grew up in similar arduous environments Eric was a product of his surroundings, as wild and elusive as the hills of old Echo Park. He was smitten by the Cholo lifestyle, its long history of tradition and lascivious behavior, his father and grandpa themselves were part of the lore. Torn between a changing world and the myths and deeds of tradition, he floundered, looking for redemption. He would later find his salvation in restoring old cars … by that time it was too late.

Read the rest on LatinoLA.com

* Correction: An earlier version of this post said that Zamarripa was also known as Chopper. But that nickname apparently belonged to Gonzales, according to comments to this post.

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Audio of LAPD News conference on shootings. The Eastsider

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