Man fatally shot in Baldwin Park was new husband, soon to be father

BALDWIN PARK — Sheriff’s officials sought the public’s help Saturday in their investigation into the fatal shooting of a new husband and soon-to-be father in the backyard of his Baldwin Park home.
Arturo “Artie” Palomera, 25, died in the shooting, said his parents, Luis and Armida Palomera.
Another man was also wounded in the shooting, which took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the backyard of a home on Earl Avenue near Ramona Boulevard, sheriff’s officials said. He was hospitalized in unknown condition.
Friends and family members said Palomera was married in April and expecting his first child, a son.
“He had a baby on the way next month,” Armida Palomera said.
Peter Diaz, a friend of Palomera, said he couldn’t understand why someone would shoot his friend.
“It’s a shocker,” he said. “He was a brand new husband and going to be a father. He wasn’t involved in gangs either.”
Sheriff’s officials released few details about the shooting, but said it may have stemmed from a prior argument nearby.
The shooting appeared to be gang-related, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Guillermina Saldana said in a written statement.
No description of attacker or attackers was available.
A gun was found at the scene, according to an investigator.
Armida Palomera said she and her husband were returning from a long trip when they were informed their son had been fatally shot.
She said she spoke to him less than two hours before the shooting, and that he told her to drive carefully and call him back as soon as she got a chance.
“I never got to call him,” she said through tears.
“He was a lovely son,” she added.
Arturo Palomera grew up in the Los Angeles area before moving to Baldwin Park with his family six years ago, his mother said.
“He was a good guy,” Diaz said.
Diaz added that Arturo Palomera worked installing car stereos and specialized in making custom speaker cabinets and customizing cars with electronics.
“He was an expert at that,” Diaz said.
Friday’s shooting was the first homicide reported in Baldwin Park in 2010. The city saw three homicides in 2009.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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  • Good Conscious

    RIP ARTURO

    Lil Arturo Born June 29, 2010 …born on Daddy’s Bday!