The City Council today approved $100,000 in reward money in connection with the murders of two Lincoln Heights women – Bree’Anna Guzman and Michelle Lozano.  An official said that the county coroner has determined that the body found last week next to a Silver Lake freeway onramp was that of Guzman, a 22-year-old mother who has been missing since Dec. 26 after she took a walk to a Lincoln Heights drug store and never returned.  “Our hearts and prayers go out to her loving family and friends,” said Monica Valencia, a spokeswoman for Councilman Ed Reyes.

Reyes requested a $50,000 reward for information on the Guzman case and another $50,000 reward  in connection with the murder of Lozano, a 17-year-0ld who turned up dead next to the 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights, a year ago. The case remains unsolved.

The two homicides have generated fear and rumors among many Lincoln Heights residents, with some speculating that the pair of murders were connected and that men have attempted to kidnap women.  But the LAPD, in a statement, said it has not been able to determine a connection between the cases.

A Lincoln Heights activist has organized an event tonight – Take Back Lincoln Heights  – along North Broadway in response to the fear and rumors generated by the two cases.

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