Baldwin Park slaying “a straight-up gang thing”

This from reporter Fred Ortega’s story in Sunday’s newspaper:

BALDWIN PARK – A spree of violence culminated in the drive-by shooting death of a Baldwin Park teenager in broad daylight Saturday.
The shooting victim, described as a 16-year-old Latino boy, was walking eastbound on Illinois Street between Kenmore Avenue and Idaho Street about 3:47 p.m. when a black, 1980s model sedan drove up and its occupants opened fire, said Los Angeles sheriff’s Homicide Detective Jonas Shipe.
“He was struck multiple times and died at the scene,” said Shipe, who refused to identify the victim until detectives spoke to his next of kin.
“It was a straight-up gang thing,” said Shipe, adding the dead teen was affiliated with a gang.
The victim, who was identified by residents as Ruben Chavira, had been on his way to visit his girlfriend at her home in the 3800 block of Idaho Street when he was shot, said the girlfriend’s sister, Veronica Martinez.
“He was a nice guy – I don’t think he was involved with gangs,” said Martinez, 27. “My sister knew him since fifth grade (at Kenmore Elementary School).”

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