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Echo Park shooting victim identified

A memorial for Baires near the place where he was shot

A memorial for Baires set up near the spot where bullet casings were found from the fatal shooting

ECHO PARK — Police have identified the victim of Friday’s fatal Echo Park shooting as 20-year-old Alex Baires.

Baires was shot at about 8:20 p.m. in front of a small market in the 1800 block of Echo Park Avenue.  One LAPD spokesman said Baires, a known Echo Park gang member, was shot three times in the chest.

While Baires is a member of the ExP gang, it’s still not clear if his murder was gang-related, said Detective Lisa Governo with the LAPD Northeast Division.  Police do not have a motive for the crime, and no suspects are in custody, she said. It’s not known if Baires was shot from a passing vehicle or up close, she said.

Baires was part of a group of friends and Echo Park gang members that included Michael Robert Hannah, whose body was found about three blocks away on Delta Street after he had been shot, one detective said. The Hannah homicide remains unsolved, Governo said.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact Northeast Division homicide detectives a (323) 344-5744.

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58 comments

  1. David (Dick) Jones

    Take a look around, we got the whole world locked down
    Goin’ on and on, it don’t stop, won’t stop, can’t stop
    You could ride or die!
    Rest in peace homie!

  2. What’s with the shitty gang photos? As misdirected as he was, being s a gang member, he still had a mother and a family. Don’t cheapen the memories she has of him with reminders of why he’s no longer alive. So fucking cringe-worthy. And a fucking fifty cent cheetos bag? How about you spend $2 and spend 10 minutes to write a heart-felt card to your supposed “carnal”. Instead you cheapen his memory with your ghetto trash ways.

    • I’m sure the memorial honors the dude as he was.

    • That’s what he was all about, Gangs, Mexican candy, and Cheetos. That memorial wasn’t put there by the cops or newspaper people, that was placed there by the people who knew him best. Family and/or Homies??

      • the truth will come out

        actually none of those guys that put that crap there knew him best. that was very tasteless by putting stupid stuff like that. this kid was working at a high tech company and he was planning on doing something big with his life just like his bestfreind Michael and yet they killed him too.

  3. Flamin hot Cheetos cause he was flamin loco

  4. thug life!

    • David (Dick) Jones

      ’til you die!

    • white bear bitch ..

      .. thug life wen your life ends ….fake ass gangster …

    • LIKE WE ALL SAID BEFORE WE ALL KNOW WHO KILLED ALEX ….. ECHO PARK MEMBERS DID ….(THAT WHITE BEAR bitch) POLAR the biggest Fake Pussy.. THAT’S ON THESE RECENT ECHOPARK KILLN .comments !! ECHO PARK ARE NOTHING BUT FAKE ASS GANG MEMBERS THAT KILL THERE OWN INSTEAD OF THEIR ENEMIES …. ALL THAT PCP N DOPE THEY BE ON MAKES THEM THE LOWEST OF THEM ALL…. WHY GET PEOPLE IN A GANG TO KILL THEM LIKE PUNKS? YOU GUYS LURER YOUR HOMIES UP THE AVE. AND KILL THEM…. TAKE.THERE STUFF N DUMP THEM AT NON EMERGENCY HOSPITAL …… THEN STILL HAVE THE BALLS TO HOST CAR WASHES FOR THEM? WOW…I THINK THIS EXP GANG IS all F***** UP … ..THEY THINK THERE OUT HERE MAKING big MOVES.. TAKING OUT THE YOUNGSTER THAT BERLY TRUSTED YOU EP FAGS .. … ALL.THESE 3TEENS DEAD FRM PUSSY MEMBERS THAT STAY DOPED UP ..ONLINE DISREPECTING SOMEONE’S DEAD SON …..F*** IT LET IT BE KNOWN HOW WEAK THIS GANG REALLY IS ….. WHY HATE ON .ALEX.AND OSCAR KILLING JUST CAUSE THEY WERE TAGGERS FRM A CREW BEFOR YOUR Fake GANG (GRAFFITI/TATTOO ARTIST ) BOTH OF THESE TEENS HAVE REAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT CARED N HURT EVERYDAY.. NOT NO FAKE ECHO PARK GANG MEMBERS ….

      • Alex got into a fist fight with an older man (from the same gang EXP) and was winning the fight, had the man on the floor when he was gunned down by the mans younger son. The younger son is also a echo park gangster and is approximately 15-18 years old. The shooter goes by the name of “WYDO–WHYDO–or YDO…”

      • alex and Michael were best friends. they were both from ep. Michael wasn’t a tagger but him and Alex did theyre own thing. they knew ep was watered down. wasn’t like it was back in the days

  5. How sad that kids still think gangbanging is cool. Cheetos and empty beer cans. What a loser.

    • David (Dick) Jones

      Why do you assume the beer cans are empty? In addition, I have empty beer cans at my house. Does that make me a loser?

    • dont forget the grape swisher blunt wrap!

    • Keep your comments to yourself if you don’t want to say something nice. I went to elemantry school with him. Its crazy that you grow up with people throughout elemantry , middle school and the same neighborhood but never did I expect something would happen to someone I saw once in while. I hope his death is solved and that crime and guns aren’t a solution they create more problems. RIP-Alex

    • the truth will come out

      how sad that you believe what people say about other people. its called slander

  6. I’m sure the LAPD put the murder case of a known gang banger on the top of their priorities.

  7. Mi Vida Cheeto

  8. They need to look at the homicide of the one on delta… There has to be a connection. They were best friends… Detectives can’t be that dumb to not notice

  9. What a loser ! Hahahaha i remember being locked up with this jkat he would stay dissin exp haha

  10. Same ole bs the older kats from exp killing there lil homies from exp hahahaha they finally realize how lame their lil homies r !! …weekend gangsters

    • so you think that is funny that the older kats killing the young? wow how sad that really sounds. the older ones not giving them a chance to grow up and make a choice whether they want to continue or move on away from the stupid gang life.

  11. Send in the National Guard.

  12. The detective is straight outa Highland Park.

  13. Echo Park is now full of rich, educated white liberal hipsters and a dwindling group of dead-end ‘weekend’ Latino gang-bangers who can’t seem to get out of the 1990’s. What a culture clash! Where’s the HBO series?

  14. U LIVE BY THE GUN U DIE BY THE GUN !!!!! RIP ALEX GLENAIR

    • Yeah if you’re in a gang in 2015 you’re not a “knight” or a “soldier” or a “warrior” or an “outlaw” or a “rough rider” or whatever silly metaphor you want to use that makes you sound important. You’re an ignorant high school dropout failure who will wind up dead or in jail by 30. Useless to civilized society, admired by no one except other ignorant men-children.

      • drop outs you say.. and you know that for a fact?? Now that statement that you just stated is ignorance on your part. They’re are a lot of gang members that have graduated from High school but sometimes peer pressure gets the best of them. There’s a saying in the bible.
        Don’t try to take the splinter out of someone’s eyes when you have a stake in yours.
        in others words, don’t pass judgment on anyone unless your backyard is spotless.

  15. It’s sad that you guys are bashing a mother’s child. No matter what or how old he is. He still had a family. And they are mourning. Do you think parents want to have their children in gangs? No but the kid’s do what they want anyways. We should keeping our traps shut and let parents mourn.. It’s sad that these kid’s are so young and people killing them ?

    • Fuck this laime as too chunx he got what he deserved,he liked to diss echo park in jail so he won’t get sparked,then came out like he was Exp since day one, Fuck NDO too,laime fucks like to kick it with big twats and now they wanna come to echo park,

      • What the hell does this comment even mean?

        • He seems to be indicating the young man (Chunx) said bad things about a local assemblage of hooligans (EXP) in prison to avoid quarrels and dust-ups. Upon exiting prison the young man attempted to resume hooligan actvities with the local Echo Park gang as if those words were never spoken. And for this he was murdered.

          • Also “big twat” appears to be clever wordplay suggesting the deceased had a connection to another local hooligan club “Big Top Locos.” Not sure what NDO is referencing.

      • you must be one bad dude to not use your real name.. because if you did that then you stand by what you say. but you use a fake profile name so ofcourse your going to talk crap about him. smh …. looser

  16. Bore Me With Your Accomplishments

    It’s funny, people have such a hatred for “gang bangers” or “gangsters” but nobody says anything in regards to the corporate gangsters that vilify those that arent born with a silver spook or a sense and reality of entitlement . Please, do tell me more of how you moved into Echo Park and now call it home, and how you worked hard to get here etc etc. Lets spew some words of ignorance and stupidity and show everybody how disconnected with your surroundings.

    Gentrification has ran rampant for quiet some time, although i dont live in exp im all over that area on a day to day basis..not too far from where i stay about 10 minutes 15 max… If anybody thinks that theyre driving hisapnic, latino, or latin people out of this area..GOOD LUCK… i truly wish you good luck with that one..

    • Don’t get your pants all twisted up, no one’s trying to drive out anybody.
      According to census data, 45-50% of the folks in these neighborhoods are foreign born….. so who’s the “longtime resident”? Also, if you care about history, NELA once had a much more diverse population…. including “white people”.
      Now it’s returning to historical norms.

      Lastly, as you’ve seen before, there’s not much sympathy for gang members on this site. They deserve to go!

    • Why would you be concerned that people “hate gang bangers and gangsters” when gang bangers and gangsters hate each other so much that they shoot each other for the stupidest of reasons, not worrying in the slightest that innocent bystanders and children may be in the way? Is that part of it so inconvenient to your us vs them narrative that you would just gloss over it to make a bigger point about whites coming in and being all entitley and silver spoony daring to question the status quo because, Goddammit this is the Barrio after all. What a load. I’ve lived here my whole life and I will never become accustomed to the gang killings, as no sane person should. Conflating criticism of gang bangers with criticism of hard working Latino people who are not in gangs is both insulting and stupid, so spare us your outrage, better yet, save it for when the next “corporate gangster” shoots up your house.

  17. Bore Me With Your Accomplishments

    @eastsidearts- It was a general statement, not to be taken in its literal sense. It was the easiest to use given that the same has happen before in prominent communities. Your definition of “Foreign” might be different than mine so your point is only valid to yourself. Long time residents are people that have been in the area going on second or third generation, what you label them or classify them as is completely up to you but that only serves a purpose and thats to categorize people so they fit into a bracket. Coincidence is this bracket is only used for ulterior motives .

    Lastly, sympathy is not needed. Nobody longs or cries for that. People cry for closure..when that closure is met everything else goes out the window. The sun still sets and rises the same way it has for ages… so spare me with the insinuation that people are looking for sympathy. Just like when you go or a loved one does also, Tough break. Shit happens, it comes sooner sometimes it comes later but nothing changes it still comes. What anybody wants to classify them as “gang banger” or “gangster” the fact stil remains that its a title that was given…and a title that will be forgotten.

    @Ishamine- I would be concerned because i’ve seen first hand how classifying people has caused a dent in society. As far as gangbangers hating each other. Thats a general assumption, not all of them hate each other in fact alot of the close knit “gangsters” in the common areas knew each other from school and have set aside the “turf” and realize that its bigger than a street name and keep grounded. Do some hate each other ..sure.. but no more than your common folk..day in day out people.. difference here is people so desperately jump on the monkey see monkey do and call them “gangsters”.

    “….s that part of it so inconvenient to your us vs them narrative that you would just gloss over it to make a bigger point about whites coming in and being all entitley and silver spoony daring to question the status quo because, Goddammit this is the Barrio after all. What a load….”

    Youre absolutely right, what a load..it doesnt have to be white.. actually-higland park..glassel .. chavez ravine.. alpine village .. had a mixture of jews..irishmen .. italians .. yugoslavians and russians.. so to say “the barrio” kinda seems like you already have a predisposed opinion..either that or you have zero idea what my message was trying to convey and believe me… thats not your fault..i cant hold you accountable. People read, and watch the news and go based on what they’re told as appose to take time and soak up knowledge of what is..what was and what will be.

    Plenty of hardworking ex rapist, ex child molesters, ex murderers with convictions may i add…but hey!!! theyre hard working!

    As far as saving it for a corporate gangster shooting up my house..The difference there is ..if im hit ..itll be over soon..if im not ill be lucky.. but the corporate gangsters im referencing they ruin generations of families. Generations of history and generations of culture…..As i said.. cant hold you to it…you’ll only speak what is fed to you..

  18. Live the loser gangster life; exit like a loser.

    Unfortunately, many of the losers left behind don’t have enough marbles upstairs to leave the life before they too exit life like a loser.

    • the truth will come out

      true freedom
      your sentence sounds so ignorant,. like im sure gang members sit there and say .. well I guess I better get out before I exit life.

      NO they don’t. some try to exit that life but unfortunately other gang members wont let that happen and that’s why these young ones dies soo young

  19. I am amazed by the opinions of those who choose to spill their form of hatred on these sites.

    I do the usual rituals that all others do when trying to find comfort or sense of belonging in any organization. It may be gangs for the youth or religion for the broken or Friday night kickbacks with your closest friends for the un-trusting.

    Whatever your secret sin is (we all have one, YOU are not immune), We can all agree that a loss of a loved one brings suffering.

    What will your eulogy say about you? Not the truth. Unless someone who has your account can read your posts. This is who you really are and what you really think.

    I say all that to state the following. You are what is wrong with society. You spew your venom and hatred and you do it with a smile. You think highly of yourself when you should think highly of others. We don’t know the truth behind peoples choices, but we know (agree or disagree), we all have it difficult.

    this young man died because of the choices he made. Right or wrong he fought the same demons we all battle against. Keep your venomous remarks to a minimum and at least, the very least, lift up the family in prayer. Or what ever you do to give you comfort. Pass that comfort along.

  20. I love you so such Alex.. I know that you are finally at peace and not dealing with the corruption of this world. I know for a fact that you are in a better place now finally enjoying yourself free from all the bad things in this world. Your are such a beautiful and happy person and im sad that ill never see you again. I hope your laughing and having fun now, wherever you may be!

  21. rest in peace

  22. This is my brother, he came from a loving family with two parents who gave him the world. I’ll never understand why my brother chose to get so deep involved with the street life no matter how much advice and love was given to him. This kid did make all the wrong decisions a young man can make but I know in my heart he didn’t want to die. He had a career goals and often spoke about one day finding the right girl and giving my mom grandbabies. I lost my kid brother, the boy version of me and part of me died with him. I know he is resting in peace now but I will miss him deeply forever and that laugh.

    Since this article has a lot of false statements it should be known
    Alex was killed by his very OWN, they stole his phone, money and dumped him in a basic clinic that wasn’t equipped to handle a surgery. As a result my brother bled out. His homies chose their gang discretion was more important than saving his life. The same people he drank beers with, laughed with and hung around with for years were the same ones who denied him the opportunity to live. This shitty shrine wasn’t put in place by my family it was put there by his killer and homies, Alex didn’t even die on that corner. He died walking into a clinic wounded after being dumped there. Its so unfortunate I feel the need to come comment all of this but Alex’s family will always back him.

    Love you brother Can’t wait to see you again I know we are both counting on it

    • the truth will come out

      maybe you should ask Renita who lent them the car and joseph who took him to the hospital where did they do with his phone.

  23. The last time I saw Alex, he was talking about change. He always talked about change. I tried to warn him about the life he was living only would leave him in one of two places. When he passed, I hated myself just for even thinking that. He didn’t deserve to die. He deserved to live his life and change. They robbed him from his life and never gave him the opportunity to turn his life around. I worried about him because I know he was a good kid. I was attracted to his generous and goofy ass smile. His teeth had a chip on it and he still smiled big! I met him before you got into his crew, and we always kept contact when he was away, and now I can’t send him a later or call him to check if he’s good or staying out of trouble. He loved his family. His mom who stood by him through everything, and his dad who worried about where he was. When I met his parents, you could see how happy they were to have their son home. I pray for his family all the time. God took him away from pain, fear, and trouble. It’s such a great loss to lose a good friend. I read comments from people who never met him speaking out of their ass without having compassion for a human being, a mother, and the rest of the family who lost their loved one. Don’t judge what you don’t know. Don’t judge anyone but yourself.

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