Arrests made in 2013 murder of former Garfield High football player in East L.A.

Victim Gabriel Soto | LASD

Victim Gabriel Soto | LASD

EAST LOS ANGELES — Three suspects have been arrested in the 2013 killing of Gabriel Soto, a former Garfield High football player who was fatally shot during a party in East L.A. after coming home from college to visit family.

The arrests were made a month after the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department announced a $20,000 reward in connection with the slaying.  “Several tips ultimately lead to the arrests of three men last week,” said a statement issued today by the LASD.

Suspects Jonathon Gonzalez, 28, Roque Solis, 30, and Anthony Gabriel, 25 were arrested and booked for the murder that took place on on May 25, 2013. No further information was made available.

Soto, 21 at the time of his death, was attending a party in a garage in the 600 block of South McDonnell Avenue when a gunman entered the property and started firing, striking Soto in the chest and wounding another person.

Soto, who attending Lincoln University in Missouri on a football scholarship, was not a gang member. But officials told ABC 7 that the shooting was believed to be gang related and that Soto was an innocent bystander.

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  1. Lock them up for life, the animals. If the death penalty was an option, I’d vote for that.

    1 promising life lost, while 3 pieces of shit remain.

  2. It took a reward to persuade the informants to give info to police. Wonder if they could have been bought for less, or is $20,000 the going rate?


    LELANI: Alas, that was my first thought, too! Sad commentary on our world, isn’t it?

  4. annonymous fellow

    its a sad day when money pursuades everyone to be a snitch. since i was a baby, i was taught not to tell on others.

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