Prayers and tears for Juan David*

Saint Fransis of Assisi Catholic Church in Silver Lake was the site this afternoon of a mass and prayer service for Juan David Vasquez Loma, the 25-year-old restaurant worker who was shot last Sunday morning while driving on Silver Lake Boulevard. Loma, who was dropping off co workers when he was shot, was declared brain dead last Tuesday as officials awaited his family from Mexico to arrive.  Today’s service was organized by El Chavo restaurant, where Loma worked as a busboy and waiter. Police believe the shooting is a case of road rage.

Loma’s mother, Maria, and aunt, Adela, attended the service in addition to his girlfriend and friends, who were dressed white in his honor, said Melanie Tusquellas, owner of El Chavo.  Tusquellas said Loma’s mother has decided to take her son off life-support systems on Sunday and to donate his organs. His body will eventually be  transported to Mexico.

“The mass was somber and reflective,” Tusquellas said of the service that attracted between 150 to 200 people. “Most of the service was in Spanish, with a touching sermon from the parish Deacon honoring David’s life and character and a  stern plea from Father Vincent to help find the killer who murdered Juan David.”

Donations are being accepted for a victim’s fund set up in Loma’s honor.

Photos by Matt Hartman

* This post has been updated from the original version.

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  1. sister of an organ donner

    Nothing can bring complete pease to Juan David’s family and loved ones, but I hope they will find comfort in the fact other will live on due to the donations of Juan David’s organs.

  2. My condolences go out to his family and friends. very sad.

  3. What a terrible event. My condolences to this family, and I agree with Father Vincent. The killers must be found and brought to justice.

  4. I feel so sorry for that family. RIP

  5. what the heck is going on, this is getting out of hand, the shootings are taking place in more and more busy areas and obviously the ones shooting are fearless. I feel like anyone could just shoot someone late night and just drive off casually and no one would notice. In no way am I blaming cops and or anyone else in this situation, but it just seems crazy how “comfortable” these assholes are in just being able to shoot people at random. Also, unless the other two in the car had mentioned them cutting someone off, and or getting into a “car” altercation earlier, how are they ruling this as “road” rage and not something like someone needed to do this to enter a gang. Also, around echo park ave/laguna/whitmore/landa there are tons of new tagging everyday, I’m starting to get scared just to drive around my own neighborhood

  6. i am so sad he is no longer with us but will never be forgotten….my condolences goes to his mother i cant imagen how hard it is to take this all in…. one day your sons call to see how you are doing and the next they call you to say your son has been killed….who ever did this must be punished for what hes done and the female should come forward and speak both are cowards one for having the balls to shoot and innocent man and the other for staying quiet…..may you rest in peace juan you will always be in our heart and thoughts…

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