ECHO PARK – A jury today found two gang members guilty of second-degree murder in the May 2011 slaying of Michael David, a Trader Joe’s worker who was shot dead near his Echo Park home, according to Patch and City News Service.
While the jury rejected first-degree murder charges, the panel found that defendants Peter Michael Lopez, 26, and Hakop Jacko Sardaryan, 25, killed David for the benefit of a criminal street gang. Both men face up to 40 years to life in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Dec. 11. Another defendant in the case, Jeffrey Cardona, 27, faces 17 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
According to police, David, who had no gang ties, was chased down Sunset Boulevard by the suspects after a confrontation shortly after midnight on May 7, 2011. David collapsed near Sunset and Logan Street after being shot by the suspects. He died a few hours later at a hospital.
David, who was 30 at the time of the killing, worked at the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake and was the father of a four-year-old girl.
In a 2011 interview, David’s mother, Jeanne David, said her son had moved into an Echo Park studio apartment about a year before he was killed. He was a budding Rastafarian who had starting growing his hair long and braiding it, said David of her son, who she called Mickey.
“He truly was just like a modern, urban hippie guy,” she said. “He was a kind person.”