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Echo Park killing remains unsolved

Sidewalk memorial for Michael Robert Hannah

ECHO PARK — It’s been nearly a month since 20-year-old Michael Robert Hannah was found shot dead near a public stairway in Echo Park. But his killer or killers remain at large, and police are struggling to find any information to solve the case.

“It’s a tough one,” said Ryan Watterson, a homicide detective with the Northeast Division.  There has been “no progress.”

Police responding to an anonymous call found Hannah near a public stairway on Delta Street at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.  Hannah was pronounced dead at the scene in what police said may have been a gang-related killing.

Hannah lived in Anaheim but frequently visited Echo Park and was a member of the Echo Park gang, police said.

Watterson said he is still looking for witnesses or anyone who may have seen a vehicle driving away from the crime scene.  Watterson said he’s also interested in hearing about any fights or gunfire that may have taken place that evening in the area.

Memorial and funeral services for Hannah were held at the end of last month in Anaheim and Whittier.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Northeast Division homicide detectives at (323) 344-5744. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS

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8 comments

  1. This was some sort of gang beef….He got killed in his own gang’s territory. I am absolutely sure there are many in the neighborhood who know who did this.

    If the LAPD were interested in solving this, seems like there would be detectives canvassing the neighborhood, etc., leaning on this guy’s homeys to give up the shooter. Did anyone in the neighborhood give the cops surveillance footage from their buildings? I left the detectives a message offering mine, never heard back.

  2. Well I hope they find his killer. I will send out a special prayer to bring them to justice.

  3. Loudlabs News has interesting footage of this crime scene captured before police even arrived. The victim was certainly not merely dumped there as witnesses/friends were also on scene. Search “echo park shooting” and “RAW FOOTAGE” on youtube.

    • Well they have surveillance cameras video on delta and I’m sure down the avenue. I’m sure they will see something. Hoping and praying. That was just a kid. Breaks my heart for the family

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