Man killed in Montebello

The shooting death of a Montebello man on July 4, has generated some heartfelt interest from his family.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter I received this morning from the man’s cousin. We’re still waiting to confirm some of the details in the letter:

We are all still in shock and disbelief and as well confused of the
whole senario.  I found just a small article in the whittier daily
which stated that police were still investigating . . . but we were
told by police otherwise.  We have been assuming that the
purpretraters two males were arrested.  Please help us figure this
out and find closeure especially for the 3 teenage boys he leaves
behind.  I was wondering if you can continue on investigating this
story we are willing to go public if need be to find who did this.
We thought they were caught because that is what we were told.
Please help my cousin was a great man and father and deserves justice.

An excerpt from our story after the jump

MONTEBELLO – A 35-year-old Downey man was gunned down Friday night in Montebello, authorities said.

Jose Luis Casillas died at the scene of the shooting, which took place on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building in the 1300 block of South Greenwood Avenue, officials said.

Montebello police officers responded to a report of shot fired at 10:18 p.m. and found Casillas laying on the sidewalk.

Montebello Fire Department paramedics tried to provide medical aid to Casillas at the scene, but were unsuccessful.

Authorities believe Casillas suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

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  • Laura Hernandez

    Jose I heard of the news today and the first thing I saw was your face smiling, thats how you were. I will always remember you smiling and being such a great person, people who knew would say the same. You were just on of a kind!You would do anything for your boys and wife. Im so deeply saddened. I remember going to visit you guys and always having so much fun with you and your family, You raised your boys good Jose…. its hard for me because I know You were their world, You were such a great dad Please watch over them …. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We love you and you will be missed.