Memorial held for Echo Park boy; weighed only 34 pounds when body found in a closet


ECHO PARK —  A memorial was held for 11-year-old Yonatan Daniel Aguilar on Wednesday night as officials revealed that the boy weighed only 34 pounds when he was found dead in a closet last month.

A computer program used by the county’s Department of Children and Family Services had indicated several times that there was a high risk of abuse against Yonatan, according to social service and police records obtained by the L.A. Times. But social workers determined that “the allegations of physical abuse were inconclusive,” said the Times.

The boy’s mother, Veronica Aguilar has  pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges.

On Wednesday, family members gathered at Angelus Temple for a memorial service only a few blocks from where Yonatan’s body was found in his home near the corner of Santa Ynez and Rosemont Avenue.

The boy’s stepfather, Jose Pinzon, who called police about Yonatan’s death, said  that “he’s still alive for me because I carry him in my heart,” according to KTLA.

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  1. Wait a minute. This child lived in a tiny house with his parents and three siblings and no one seemed to notice that he weighed only 33 lbs.? Something is missing from this story.

    • My thoughts too. Sounds like a lot of crocodile tears on the step-father’s part. If he cared so much, where was he when this poor kid was being abused. Seems to me he could have intervened a lot sooner.

  2. Praying for answers and for justice for Yonatan.


    You are loved by the Echo Park community. I am so sorry the very person who should have protected you; harmed you. I am so sorry if you ever felt unloved.

    Rest easy little guy.

  3. R.I..P. Little fellow, God bless you and take you high in paradise where nobody can harm you.
    Sincerely BIG ANT EXP,

  4. This is so tragic. If the mother is in fact, guilty, I home she spends the rest of her life in prison.

  5. This makes my blood boil… poor kiddo!

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