Friends and family gathered this Sunday to honor the memory of Echo Park shooting victim Michael David. The memorial service, which was called Echo Love, was intended to celebrate David’s life but there was also an undercurrent of frustration, according to a story in Echo Park Patch, that police have not made more progress in catching his killers. It has been more than two months since the 30-year-old David, who worked at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s, was fatally shot on May 7 while being chased down Sunset Boulevard by his attackers. A few days after the killing, police arrested one suspect, 23-year-old Jeffrey Cardona, who has been charged with murder. But homicide detectives are not certain he was the shooter and have yet to arrest other suspects. At Sunday’s ceremony in Griffith Park, David’s mother, Jeanne David, expressed her concerns to Patch:
For Jeanne David, the motive behind her son’s untimely demise is eclipsed by her disappointment in the ongoing efforts to catch her son’s killers. “The investigation is nowhere,” she said. “The other, larger tragedy of all this is the cops have other things to do. I feared this would happen, and it did.”
Homicide detective Chris Linscomb with the Rampart Division said the case against Cardona is working its way through the legal system in advance of a preliminary hearing. But he concedes that there is no new information about the other suspects. “I hate to say it but there is not much to update,” Linscomb told The Eastsider this morning. “We have not gotten any new tips or clues.”
Linscomb said they have struggled to get positive identification of the other suspects involved in the shooting. He said he is not aware of any plan to offer a reward in the case.
Meanwhile, Jeanne David in an email said she will continue to raise awareness of the shooting. She said organizers of the Los Feliz Street Fair have donated a booth where she plans to displaying articles and other information about the shooting.
Persons with information about the shooting should call Rampart Homcide detectives Arteaga at 213-484-3639 or Linscomb at 213-484-3642. Those who want to remain anonymous should call at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).