Investigation continues in Montebello fatal stabbing

MONTEBELLO — Authorities continued their investigation Sunday into the death of a man who was found stabbed to death near Beverly Hospital.
David Cota, 23, of Montebello was pronounced dead about 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of a medical building across the street from Beverly Hospital in the 400 block of N. Fourth Street, just south of Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
Montebello police said his cause of death was not initially clear, however a coroner’s medical examiner determined Cota died of a stab wound to the chest and ruled the death a homicide, she said.
“We are looking into reports that the victim was involved in an altercation the night before,” Montebello police Lt. Brad Keller said.
The fight may have taken place about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the area of 5th Street and Harding Avenue, Keller said, about a block away from where the body was found more than 12 hours later.
The homicide was listed as possibly gang-related, police said, and Cota was believed to have gang ties.
Keller urged anyone who may have witnessed a fight in the area to call Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

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  • bob

    Just another day in Mexcio!!!!

  • Straight talk

    Just another Day in this Bankrupt city. Thats why they constantly seek help from the residents. After the police dept lawsuit from 13 officers the morale and ethics have dropped and its obvious to us residents.i have been 25 yrs… when something happens the detectives tend to drag their feet and present weak cases to the D.A. end results..rejected!!or aquitted..So much money goes to the police department but with no motivation and dedication to protect & serve.its a waste!! If they patroled the streets istead of manning checkpoints and hiding behind Vons eating breakfast burritos maybe they can get some clues… Hit the streets and get our community in check!!! Gang unit is a joke!!!! waste of my tax dollars…..

  • straight talk

    Just another Day in this Bankrupt city. Thats why they constantly seek help from the residents. After the police dept lawsuit from 13 officers the morale and ethics have dropped and its obvious to us residents.i have been 25 yrs… when something happens the detectives tend to drag their feet and present weak cases to the D.A. end results..rejected!!or aquitted..So much money goes to the police department but with no motivation and dedication to protect & serve.its a waste!! If they patroled the streets istead of manning checkpoints and hiding behind Vons eating breakfast burritos maybe they can get some clues… Hit the streets and get our community in check! I want to see my tax dollars at work!!! Gang unit is a joke ….get a handle on it!

  • Dont Trip

    fuck fleas that puto deserved it. hes lucky i didnt catch him slipping.

  • huh

    bob & straight talk just another couple of idiots re-typing the same idiotic comments over and over.

  • tina

    David is the love of my life I miss him everyday.he didn’t deserve this and I pray that they do catch who did this to him.I love u baby

  • ME

    BOB this is none of youre bussiness so dont be getting into law enforcement bussiness. the day you become a police officer and a high rank officer then you could start talking but since you are nothing but a regular citizen mind your own bussiness

  • Rosalie

    David, I miss you babe and you’ll forever be in my heart. Can’t wait til we meet again my love!

  • tiff r

    DAVID COTA MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!!!! YOUR IN MY HEART FOREVER AND I WILL FOREVER REMEBER ALL THE FUN times we had ! may your soul rest in peace

  • Lourdes

    I remember David when he was a young boy he and his family lived in the same complex as i did for a few years. I remember him as a energetic boy, in a few occasions he went to the park with my family.

    I was really sorry to hear of his death and give his family and friends a heart felt condolences with time your pain will be less but the memory will always be with you.

  • DRE DRE

    COTA U WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. ESPECIALLY ME! I’m GONNA MISS SEEN YOUR BRIGHT ASS SMILE. REST IN PEACE YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW U HAVE NOTHING 2 WORRY ABOUT. FUCK WHOEVER TOOK YOUR LIFE AWAY. KARMAS A FUCKEN BITCH!! THIS AINT A GOODBYE CUZ I KNOW WELL MEET AGAIN. UNTIL THEN … REST IN PEACE COTA<3

  • DRE DRE

    COTA I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE YOUR GONE! I’m GONNA MISS U. REST IN PEACE LUV U DON’T HAVE 2 WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ANYMORE AND YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW. FUCK ALL YOUR HATERS KARMAS A BITCH! THIS AINT A GOODBYE.. CUZ I KNOW WELL MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY. “CAN U MEET ME HALFWAY” LOL … OUR SONG. SEE U LATER COTA. R.I.P

  • Enemiga!!

    Rest in Piss Leva!! another one bites tha dust…

  • i love you

    David i love and miss u very much may u rest in peace love

  • ParK Life!!

    Rest in piss leva!! 6 feet under where u belong, lucky me and the carnal didnt get to him..

  • Anonymous

    phuck the police they only focus on graff! not murder cases they are to scared they wimp out and wanna blast on site phuck authority!

  • most high

    Fucken lames !! Talking Shit ! Yeah what if it was you getting killed how would u like it!!!! Fucken lames like to fuck up the streets!!!! On the real.