LYNWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — “He had discharged his number from parole, he was doing really, really good.”
And that’s why family and friends hovering around a memorial for Edgar Villareal are suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his death by a deputy’s bullet Tuesday afternoon.
“He had a baby on the way he wanted to have his life back in order,” sister Alicia Villareal said.
She told KTLA that her brother, who did time for stealing cars a few years ago, was staying out of trouble.
The family wants to know why deputies tried to stop Edgar in the first place.
“We have questions for the detectives, they don’t have answers for us yet,” Alicia said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the 25-year-old was fatally shot as he walked along the 4000 block of Agnes Street in Lynwood.
Authorities say he suddenly pulled out a handgun and fired at an approaching deputy.
Investigators say they recovered Villareal’s gun at the scene.
“He did have a gun for safety,” his sister explained.
“The fact this is a quiet neighborhood, but every once in awhile you get approached — ‘Hey, where are you from?’… So he felt he had to have it for some type of protection.”
His sister says Villareal wasn’t in a gang and wanted a better life. The district attorney is now reviewing the case.
“We all want to feel safe. We want them to do their job, but we want them to do their job right,” Alicia said. “Get the right people, don’t get the wrong people.”
“Yeah approach us but do your job, but do it right, please,” echoed friend Jesse Ramirez. “That’s all we ask for that’s all we ask for.”
“We want answers, we want answers, and we want to give him his proper burial,” Alicia said.
Since 2007, there have been at least 238 officer-involved homicides in Los Angeles County.
–Sara Welch, KTLA News