R.I.P. Manny Santizo

A sidewalk shrine of candles and flowers and fliers announcing a car wash fundraiser have popped in Silver Lake near the site where 28-year-old Manuel Santizo was killed Sunday night. Santizo was riding a bike near Hoover Street and Del Mar Avenue when a car struck  him, knocking Santizo to the ground. The occupants of the car then opened fire on Santizo, who was pronounced dead at a hospital in what police believe was a gang-related killing. The car wash benefit for Santizo’s family  will be held on Saturday, April  23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.at 1185 Myra Avenue near Effie Street. “They are a nice family and need some help for sure,” said a neighbor.

Photos by Carmelo Valone


  1. According to one of his friends he was not affiliated with a gang. Though clearly the shooters probably were.


    There is a memorial page on Facebook for him here:

  2. A man is run down and murdered in silver lake, 1 reply. Dogs not allowed in a silver lake park over 90 replies.

  3. To be fair, El Batmanuel, there’s not much to say about this tragedy; a man was shot by some stupid thugs — what’s to comment about? It’s very sad, and I hope the people who shot him get arrested — or die violent deaths. What else is there to say? The other story to which you refer (whether or not to allow dogs in the new portion of the park) is something that is still being decided, so people wrote to weigh in and give their opinion. I don’t think you should draw any cynical conclusions here.

  4. Ha ha ha ha, what a load of shit. A man is murdered on the streets of your community and there’s nothing to say about it? Yeah, a guy was beaten into a coma at a sporting event a couple of miles away, no biggie, right? But tickets for no left turns and dogs not allowed on the grass those are real issues plaguing our community. Ridiculous, No matter how you try and rationalize it.

  5. El Batmanuel, I guarantee that if people commented on the violent events and the perpetrators of them, you’d be the first to cry racism. There are many readers of this blog who teach at inner-city high schools, work in social services, served in the Peace Corps or Teach for America, or who contribute to society in some meaningful way. The fact that readers aren’t flooding this website with teary-eyed soliloquies doesn’t make them bad people. Face it, it’s easier for you to pick on readers of this blog than it is for you to confront the next gangster thug you see. What do you think you’re accomplishing with your “it’s a damn shame” theme? Go get that GED and find a way to contribute to society instead of haranguing strangers on a blog.

  6. EL Batmanuel makes a good point, why attak him (i am assuming El B is a man)?

  7. I actually have confronted thugs directly, I do volunteer in east la working with young adults most of them still in gangs. That’s a fact, you make a lot of assumptions in your defence of complacency towards violence. The post was ment to get people to think about the issue and maybe think why we reply more about dog shit than robberies and other crimes. You do a diservice to you community making statements like what’s there to talk about and I hope the people …die violent deaths. You make a public statement complacent with the violence in our street but then you seem to be advocating more as acceptable responce. what do you think your accomplishing with that? Don’t worry I promise if you end up the victim of violent crime I won’t cry racism or say what a shame I’ll do as you wish and not care.

  8. I understand James’ counterpoint to El batmanuel’s outrage and how there’s a helpless resignation in the wake of such a senseless tragedy as Manny Santizo’s murder, but I want to thank El batmanuel for giving me a reality check. It may be “apples and oranges” to compare the community’s reactions to so disparate a pair of subjects — one so comparatively trivial to one so ultimately horrible — but he’s done right to shame me a bit for my readiness to jump into a heated discussion on dog poop against my reticence to comment upon and condemn such a devastating act of violence.

    I hope Manny Santizo’s killers are brought to justice and that his family and friends find relief from their grief, and I will be there at the car wash Saturday to make a donation.

  9. All of you have a valid point. People do seem to care about a dog park more than something so emotional and hard to deal with as a murder.

    And it doesn’t matter if he was gang-related or not? We all do matter. Incidentally he was not, he was just a hard working young father.

    Thank you Eastsider LA for helping out my neighbor.

  10. Well, many of the people who read this blog are probably more directly “affected” by things like a terrier scampering across a patch of grass and La Mill coffee being priced $1 more than Intelligentsia than they are gang violence. What’s the phrase, first-world problems? Now those are a tragedy (I cannot believe someone would bring dogs into a park when they’re not allowed) while to some people other problems are an inconvenience (that helicopter sweeping the area for a shooter was going around for three hours, I couldn’t sleep.) Don’t have to look far for class issues; witness the GED crack and the wish for violent deaths, because hey the streets will clean themselves up and a little more blood running into the gutters on the other side of the hill isn’t a big deal, right? Some people can give lip service to caring about community issues and then turn right around and say something that suggests they do not give a shit if the cycle continues on and on.

  11. Most of us from a certain part of the community are guilty of all of the above, probably myself included.

  12. Jimbob, my GED crack was in direct response to the tone of El Batmanuel’s refutation of my point as “a load of shit.” If you look at my first response to his post, it was rational; I made my point without attacking him, but when he responded with “ha ha ha ha, what a load of shit,” then I responded with an ad hominem attack of my own (look it up). As for wishing violence on the gang members, I stand by my wish that the people who killed this young man either get arrested — or, yes, meet a violent end. These gang thugs killed a nine-year-old Thai girl on Kensington a few years ago and a five-year-old boy near Court Street more recently, and they never issued any apologies for their actions — not that there’s any way to apologize for such heinous actions. I have no sympathy for them.

  13. I think a lot of the reaction (or lack thereof) to news about gang violence or just neighborhood violence in general is kind of a stunned denial. We lead our lives under the premise that we live in a relatively safe neighborhood, but the fact is that wasn’t always the case, and it still isn’t. Just ten years ago the manager of my apartment building’s husband was gunned down in a drive by right out front. It’s so horrifying, it’s just easier not to think about I guess…

    And what CAN we really do? It’s a very powerless feeling.

    I think that’s why it’s easier for people to debate about something as frivolous as a park; because at the end of the day it’s not a life or death situation, it’s a luxury and life will go on either way.

  14. I own a house in Echo Park. My property gets tagged with gang graffiti on a regular basis. Homeless people crap in the bushes next to my kitchen window. There is a bullet hole in my garage. I politely ask the Spanish speaking guys who’ve been blaring music next to my house all weekend to turn it down a little and they threaten to kick my ass because I haven’t lived in THEIR hood long enough to tell them what to do (even though I’ve been here 17 years). It’s almost enough to make me lose my compassion for people who obviously feel none for me.

    A man is murdered for no reason. I feel bad for the victim, worse for his family. I feel helpless to do anything to create positive changes in my neighborhood. It makes me want to move from the place that has been my home for almost half my life, the place where I’ve built a career and a family.

    A beautiful park opens up in a nice meadow. The community is asked to weigh in on whether pets should be allowed or it should be reserved for bare feet and babies. A glimmer of hope. A community coming together to make a democratic decision. People want to be involved and to get their voices heard, because this process makes them feel like THEY DO MATTER to each other.

    My greatest sadness is that Manny Santizo will not be able to enjoy the park with his family. It was a place meant for him, too.

  15. EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB will be rolling out tonight @7pm from the intersection of Valley Blvd and Eastern Avenue in El Sereno. We will be pulling our “GHOST BIKE” in honor of Manny.

    We will meet Aktive and other riders in DTLA at the intersection of Alameda / Ceasar Chavez and ride out to the site of this senseless killing.

    A coupl of words will b said and a Ghost Bike will be hung in his memory and to bring awareness to “Share The Road” although Manny was hit by a car then shot to death, there has been too many cyclist being killed by either distracted and / or drunk drivers.

    323/221-7400 for more info.

  16. Beautifully put, Border Dude.

  17. and the gorilla’s name in this room is gentrification.

  18. I was there at manny’s side, this took place right outside my house, it was my car that was shot up by this senseless act… On the phone with the fire dept and dispatch trying to keep him alive, watching him gasp for air lying and moan in pain…Until you’re there in that particular moment nothing seems real! Everything happening so fast… I didn’t know him, but u can tell u this no one and I mean no one deserves that! Seeing him, I thought he was just a kid 19, 20 if that… Later learning he is my age and a father and a neighbor just really broke my heart even more so. I will be there saturday to support… I haven’t been home since the incident, seeing the memorial pic is absolutely heart wrenching. My heart hurts for the family and more so Manny himself. Time will heal… I feel I have an angel watching over me now.

  19. @holoke24

    I could have sworn the Gorilla’s name was Mighty Joe Young, but whatevs.

  20. Very, very eloquent post, Borderdude. Well said.

  21. Are the police doing anything about this execution on the streets of our community?
    It’s diabolical, if I get another ticket for a California Stop in Silverlake I’m going to lose my mind. No police presence, no real police work being done yet taxes are being paid hand over fist for what? gang graffiti, pot holes, filthy side walks, shootings in broad day light. Shame on our local PD and Government. We won’t be appeased with meadows and farmers markets!

  22. Jessica- Thank you for your post. Thank you for stepping up to help a fellow you did not know, you are a true Silver Lake hero.

  23. I agree with doreet.
    Jessica, that is some really crazy s**t to go through. The neighborhood is a better place because of people like you.
    I hope you will be able to return to your home soon.

  24. We have to just keep respecting others and keep all cyclist united, were making change. Jessica you did a good thing be proud you are still human..

  25. The cyclist vs motorist war is getting out of hand !!

  26. Its been 4 months now that my cousin Manuel been gone. Also, whomever took his life has not been taken to justice. But its ok, in my behalf I forgive whomever did this to our family because in the end… The most harsh judgement comes from God and it will be paid in absolute full righteous judment. So if the murderer is reading this, wwhat did you gain out of this? Nothing but separation from the holy spirit, may God have mercy on your soul for taking my cousin, a father from a toddler, the parents who raised him and a brother that looked after his little brother…

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