Arcadia death ruled murder

The strange events surrounding the death of a 25-year-old man in a ritzy Arcadia neighborhood got stranger Monday as police announced they are investigating the case as a homicide. When reporter Brian Day and I first heard about this Sunday night we believed it was a suicide.

Guess we were wrong

Here is some of reporter Robert Hong’s story on the incident:

In only the second homicide so far this year in Arcadia, police Monday identified the man as Justo Cesar Morales, 25, of Arcadia. Officers found Morales at about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, dead inside his parents’ home in the 2200 block of Canyon Road.

Investigators say whoever shot Morales went there looking for him.

Shortly before the discovery, someone reported hearing the rare sound of gunshots in the neighborhood, Arcadia Police Department officials said.

After pinpointing where the shots came from, officers went to the home and found Morales.

No one else was at the house at the time of the shooting.

It was no random act; Morales was targeted, police said Monday.

 

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  • Anonymous

    I’ve been an arcadia resident for my whole life, 29 years, expect I moved away for college but visited regularly. This comes has a huge surprise. These days it seems like anything can happen anywhere.

  • Maren

    I’ve been privledged to have known Cesar since middle school, (Im now 25, went to Arcadia High with him, etc) and he has always been a great guy and great friend. He was NEVER involved in questionable activity and I know that it comes to all of his friends and family as a horrible shock. I only hope it gets straightened out. What a tragedy.

  • Maren

    I’ve been privledged to have known Cesar since middle school, (Im now 25, went to Arcadia High with him, etc) and he has always been a great guy and great friend. He was NEVER involved in questionable activity and I know that it comes to all of his friends and family as a horrible shock. I only hope it gets straightened out. What a tragedy.

  • Distraught

    One thing and only one thing I despise about journalists is the tendency to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. Love what you do Mr. Giradot but do us all a favor and try to keep the speculations at a minimum, to read that you and staff believed it to be a suicide when its far from it doesn’t fair too well with the friends and family of the victims. Thanks for correcting yourself regardless.

    I do certainly hope this homicide gets solved and not the way of Jerry Yeh and other crimes that APD don’t ever seem to solve. If APD can’t handle it they ought to work with detectives that can.

    This is a far cry from the norm for that department and often one remains curious in the competency that this department may have.

  • Distraught

    One thing and only one thing I despise about journalists is the tendency to jump to conclusions before all the facts are in. Love what you do Frank but do us all a favor and try to keep the speculations at a minimum, to read that you and staff believed it to be a suicide when its far from it doesn’t fair too well with the friends and family of the victims. Thanks for correcting yourself regardless.

    I do certainly hope this homicide gets solved and not the way of Jerry Yeh and other crimes that APD don’t ever seem to solve. If APD can’t handle it they ought to work with detectives that can.

    This is a far cry from the norm for that department and often one remains curious in the competency that this department may have.

  • alma

    This is a place that many people are looking for information on this tragic death they come to read it. It is really hard to understand why this person took our cousin away from us and from the people that love him the way he was quite,respectful, and very loveable. Cesar is my cousin and i hope that the person who had the guts to do this really thinks what he has done and be a man and come out of hidding give yourself up because this is always going to be inyour mind. Taking a young life. My love goes out to my uncle Justo and his mom and sisters everyone has you in our prayers. Please take consider what you write in this site many family memeber a looking for information on this death.

  • distraught

    be in for a stunner frank…

  • Far away

    I heard last night that detectives caught someone in connection with this senseless act of violence. My source says it was his ex-girlfriend’s ex husband or boyfriend. Have you guys checked on this??
    Cesar you are in my prayers..as is your family.

  • Devin

    If anyone has any information about services for Ceaser that they can share with me it would be very much appreciated. He has many friends from the baseball world that care for him very much and would like to pay our respects to him and his family.

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    Here is the burial informaServices in memory of Justo Cesar Morales

    Viewing 1
    Sunday, April 06, 2008
    5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Rose Hills Mortuary
    Enter Park through Gate 1

    Viewing 2
    Monday, April 07, 2008
    8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Rose Hills Mortuary
    Enter Park through Gate 1

    Service
    Monday, April 07, 2008 at 3:00 PM
    (Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.)
    Service: Funeral Service
    Location: Rose Hills Memorial Park
    SkyRose Chapel – Enter Park through Gate 1
    3888 Workman Mill Rd Driving Directions (courtesy of MapQuest)
    Whittier, CA, 90601
    Concludes: Concludes At Interment Site
    Interment : Monte Vista Terrace – Enter Park through Gate 1
    Lot : 1109
    Grave: 3
    tion