Man killed in Angeleno Heights shooting*

Police this morning are investigating the Angeleno Heights shooting death of a 21-year-old man who was found seated in a car with a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim died in a hospital from the injuries sustained during the shooting that was reported at 1:42 a.m. on the 1000 block of West Kensington Road, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the LAPD Rampart Division. Early reports indicate the shots might have been fired from another vehicle. Detectives “are now speaking with family and friends to get further background on the victim and to see if he there was anyone who may have had a reason to harm him,” Buhrmester said.

* Update: The victim has been identified Etsael Cardenas Jr., who was shot in front of his home.


  1. Real sad to read this today, or any day for that matter. Heard the sirens last night and what sounded like a few pops shortly before that

    Thoughts go out to the family

  2. Grew Up a matter yards from where Mr. Cardenas breathed his last earthly breath. Dearly Sorry; Our World did not have more Nobel Epitaph, to our Comrades contributions to Our Community. Rest in Peace Etsael Cardenas Jr.
    May your Hopes and Spirit of Brotherhood and Community go before you into Eternity ~

  3. If anyone has any information please come forward our family is hurting…

  4. My heart and warmest thoughts go out to his mother, father and sister’s. May he rest in peace.

  5. I remember someone got shot to death in his car very near this same spot in about 2008 or so.


  6. Tito was my homie from high school RIP homeboy

  7. Kensington Neighbors

    Our hearts and prayers go out to our Kensington neighbors. We are so sorry this horrific event occured – to have taken someone so young and starting out in life. God Bless.

  8. Is there any updates on this? This seems like right by where that guy who jumped down the fence from kensington and was later arrested at the church. Hope the family gets closure and finds out who/why this happened.

  9. I just spoke with the homicide detectives, who advise they have nothing new of substance since Sunday morning. They are still speaking with friends and acquaintances of the victim, and will also be checking to see if there was unusual potentially related activity in that area, the recent or distant past. If anyone has any information, please call our homicide unit at (213) 484-3650, or after hours phone the Rampart Watch Commander at (213) 484-3400.

    (213) 484-3400

  10. This is a terrible thing to happen in our neighborhood! I feel terrible for the family who had to cope with this news on Easter Sunday.
    It seems so weird and random, is there any connection between this and the shooting at USC on Wednesday??

  11. As Neighbors of this family for the past 14 years it’s heartbreaking to see what they are going through.
    Tito was one of the good kids. He worked hard, kept out of trouble, and watched after his 4 little sisters- no easy task in this neighborhood.

    I appreciate Lt. Buhrmester’s voice on this site, and his request for info on this case. That said the police detectives haven’t followed up on information that has been given to them. They have been told of neighbors that were very close to the shooting and had description/details- but 5 days later they have still not interviewed them…

  12. I heard the victims girl friend is acting strange. She even dissapear without notice specially now that the family needs them,weird.

    • @Kilo: I too was a bit skeptical about his ex, Tito did not have a girlfriend at the time the incident happened, I was a close friend of titos and they broke up about a week or 2 before that happened, his family did not know who she was but i did, well through facebook, i messaged her and she did attend the wakening and the funeral

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