Hector Urias, El Monte auto racing legend, shot to death

Hector Urias, known around El Monte and at the Irwindale Speedway for his fast cars has been shot to death at his shop in El Monte, officials said Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of Santa Anita Avenue.

Urias was close to the El Monte Police Department and there are several Internet videos of his funny car made out to look like an El Monte cop car.

Wikipedia: El Monte is a residential, industrial, and commercial city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

El Monte Police Drag Car

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  • Alex Sotelo former Head Tech at Irwindale speedway

    Are deepest condolance to Hectors Family and all his freinds. Hector will deeply missed both on, and off the track. It was a great pleasure to know him He always showed my loved ome and I deep respect and hospitality his smile will alway be remembered.

  • Kyle Engel

    RIP Hector. You will be missed.

  • Chris Hernandez

    RIP Hector, You will be missed. Hector was a great person with lots of heart on and off the field. You will never be forgotten!!

  • Nick Stratis

    Hector’s death is senseless. He will be missed by so many; family, friends, customers, and his EMPD family as well. May he rest in peace.

  • Carol & Son Del Oberst

    Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to Hector’s Family & friends. He always greeted us with his big smile there at Irwindale Drags, Fontana. We will Miss Him but never forget him. A few year’s ago Hector invited Del & I to meet them at Fontana for the VW Races. He was waiting for us with a Smile said follow us into the Pit area. How wonderful for him to take the time just for us. We Loved him and are saddened to hear of his passing. Carol & Son Del Oberst

  • Carol & Son Del Oberst

    Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to Hector’s Family & friends. He always greeted us with his big smile there at Irwindale Drags, Fontana. We will Miss Him but never forget him. A few year’s ago Hector invited Del & I to meet them at Fontana for the VW Races. He was waiting for us with a Smile said follow us into the Pit area. How wonderful for him to take the time just for us. We Loved him and are saddened to hear of his passing. Carol & Son Del Oberst

  • Carol & Son Del Oberst

    Our Deepest Sympathy goes out to Hector’s Family & friends. He always greeted us with his big smile there at Irwindale Drags, Fontana. We will Miss Him but never forget him. A few year’s ago Hector invited Del & I to meet them at Fontana for the VW Races. He was waiting for us with a Smile said follow us into the Pit area. How wonderful for him to take the time just for us. We Loved him and are saddened to hear of his passing. Carol & Son Del Oberst

  • Denny McFarland

    There is not enough words to discribe the feelings that everyone has for the loose of HECTOR. His personal life was shared with all. He greeted all the same way as if he knew you for a long time or short period. Only time heals all wounds, but in this case, maybe alittle more time is needed. I did not know Hector as well as others do, but I tell you one thing, he was a kind person and would share with all. His legacy will live on in our hearts. Your love for him will remain always. May his family be comforted with the thought that our prayers are with you always.

  • Kris Hernandez

    I have known Hector for many years. He was always good to me and my family. He took my son, Joseph, to the races and taught him many things. He gave me some great advice on helping him. He encouraged my daughter, Sarah, to be herself. They used to have burping contests together.

    To Hector beautiful wife and new baby, I am so sorry for your loss. I know he loved by you both. We will be praying for you that God will give you strength during this time. We also pray that the person or persons involved in this will be brought to justice.

  • Eric Reyes

    R.I.P. Hector, you will be missed.

  • Stomper

    R.I.P. Hector “Cobra”

  • Roger Tebo

    I remember Hector from years back. He walked in our shop one day, and was like an old friend. I read Tom Tucker’s remembrance of him, and it is so depictive of how I remember Hector, though I didn’t know him all that well. My condolences to his family and all him many friends.

  • Tammy Sarabia

    My deepest condolance to Hector’s Wife and The Urias Family. It’s such a Tradegy to lose such a beauitful person inside and out. I’ve known Hector for many years. It’s a very sad day in El Monte. Hector was a great guy. Many of us friend will miss him. May you Rest In Peace Hector.

  • Denise Sue Luppino

    If tears could build a stairway,
    And memories a lane,
    I’d walk right up to Heaven
    And bring you home again.

    If only this quote was true he will be widely missed in the racing industry. You have created so many friends and is loved as well. Me and my husband (Dominick)will keep all of Hector’s family in our pray’s. A great Icon gone so early in life.

  • Dorthy Burns

    I just want to extend my condolences to Hector’s family and friends, I am so sorry this happened, it is so senseless and heart breaking. I remember Hector from High School, although I haven’t seen him in like 30 yrs, I will always remember his great smile and warm personality. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless You..

  • Eddie Flores

    I remembered Hector from Elementary and High School. How we competed in all sports, how we hanged out and made each other better at sports. Thanks Hector for your leadership and all the good times we spent together. You will be missed Class of 77 & 81. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • alvita

    omg my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.. justr found out and cant believe it.. well known person in the el monte and speedway track.. very loved person..

  • irma santaella (emhs 85)

    Dear Urias Family, I’ve walked thru the valley of your darkness and I pray for your pain to ease.

    Hector was such an impact-full person, he gave you all of him with such inquisition. I witnessed Hector evolve into the upstanding citizen of the community. He was so ready for the good times ahead. I’m left to wonder why was this his fate?
    God bless his WIFE, PARENTS, and SIBLINGS. please keep going on.

  • Rose (Corral) Halfmann

    Hector was loved by my entire family. He always had a smile on his face. We’ll miss you Chico.

  • Eddie Garibay

    You will be missed very much uncle Hector

    Love, Lil Eddie Garibay

  • Robert Bennett

    I hadnt seen hector since the last funeral for a friend of ours.We promised to stay in touch and failed again.I’m sorry my friend.I’ll never forget you for liking me more than I liked myself.My family and I will miss you…….to your family,I pray for peace that passes all understanding…….I turned my life around so I will see you again my friend

  • Nancy A. Urias

    My condolences go out to the Urias Family. I’m all to familiar with the loss of a loved one and I know exactly how Mrs. Hector Urias is feeling. I too dealt with the death of my husband Ruben Urias last year. My late husband Ruben was friends with Hector and Ray Urias, played ball with them and would tell everyone that they were cousins (no relation, just happen to have same last name).
    May you find strength and peace as time goes on.

  • Armando Nava

    Thanks for all the good times on the golf course and on the basketball court!!!!!! R.I.P. Hector

  • Daniel Saenz

    RIP Hector

  • SK

    May you rest in peace, you are greatly missed!

  • NAVAJO

    R.I.P. Hector, I drove by the shop the other day and I saw the flowers, my heart stopped for a second. We met a few times at the donut shop in La Verne. You always said hi to me. I’m sorry to hear what happen and I feel bad for your family.

    NAVAJO

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