Two suspects charged in Debs Park murders [updated]

Memorial for Debs Park victim

Memorial for Debs Park victim

The Los Angeles Times reports that two suspects  have been charged with the murder of two young women in Debs Park last October.  The L.A. County District attorney claims that Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, and Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, used a gun to kill Gabriela Calzada and Briana Gallegos, whose bodies were found on the southern edge of the park near El Sereno.

The LAPD is scheduled to hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the case. The two suspects are scheduled to be arraigned later today, according to the Times.

The two women were friends. Calzada, 19,  was preparing to begin a firefighting training program after serving in juvenile hall. Gallegos, 17,  was a cheerleader at Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies in Glassell Park.

Last November, police searched several homes in the area and detained a few persons but no arrests were made.

Update @ 4:54 PM:  The murders were “gang motivated,” said LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck during an afternoon press conference, reports KTLA. Both women were killed Oct. 27 and found a day later.  One woman had been shot, both had been bludgeoned.

Echeverria also faces a separate attempted murder charge in connection with an unrelated incident that took place on Jan. 29. He is being held on $1.34 million bail, according to KTLA.

Pineda’s mother told KTLA  that her son had been friends with both victims and had dated Gallegos for two years.

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  1. What a shame. Looks like the girls were friends with these scumbags, as evidenced by their Facebook pages. I really hope they weren’t killed for wanting out of the gang lifestyle. One of the girls has a picture of her and the two killers (drinking beer at 16-17, no less) as her cover photo. The guys seem like real standup kids, bragging about probation on Facebook — you know, real “good kids.” (https://www.facebook.com/jose.echeverria.752487)

  2. Took some time, glad something finally happened. May these girls rest in peace and these low life bangers get the needle.

  3. I have the urge for some “Flaming Cheetos!”

  4. Good news! They are seeking the death penalty for one of these useless amoebas.

  5. If Chief Beck came out for the news conference announcing arrest of suspects, then i would start worrying the police may have caught the wrong guys.

  6. Violent crime is up 23% the past year. Homeless is up , Meth problem. Highland Park averages 2 property crimes a day. And in the last 28 days there has been 24 robberies in NELA and 475 Propety Crimes……my goodness

    • My goodness, indeed, Mando. Thanks for the stats. Looks like you’ve been keeping yourself very busy. Don’t forget to take a minute to stop and smell the poppies.

  7. they are just stats my good friend Le Barton

    • Those WERE the same stats in Echo Park 8-10 years ago…. and Silver Lake 10- 13 years ago. Tic toc the clock is ticking for Highland park…. hear that? That’s the sound of gentrification!

  8. uh…………………………………………………….the past 6 years crime has been low in hlp, its just the past 2 years when the homeless has grown that crime and meth has really hit hlp. Crime is up the past two years. We never had women killing men on the streets of Figueroa. Never had homeless killing people on the bus. Or attempted police assignation. Its really bad right now in Hlp and only going to get worst with the Meth and homeless problem

  9. Thanks, LAPD, for keeping on this and making arrests.

  10. “I happen to see the Brianna at Palmer Park. In Glendale ave & Boynton just hours before the tragedy happen and she was lure to go to Lincoln Park to party cause my naibor knew her and ask if he wanted to join them but said no.

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