Help Sought Finding Suspected Killer, Gang Member

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A Cerritos mother begged for the public’s help Tuesday in finding the suspected gang member who allegedly shot her 19-year-old son to death in July.


Boren Lay is wanted in the shooting death of Timothy Teopaco, killed July 27, 2013, in Artesia. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Timothy Teopaco was gunned down in the parking lot of an Artesia restaurant after he went to help a friend who was afraid of confronting the suspected shooter, Boren Lay of Long Beach.

The shooting took place on July 27 in 11600 block of South Street, and on Tuesday Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives asked for the public’s assistance finding Lay.

The victim’s mother said her son had gone to the aid of a friend who had gotten into an argument at the restaurant. In a confrontation outside the restaurant, Teopaco was shot. He was the only one injured, and the shooter drove away.

“I want justice for my son and my grandson,” said Malou Teopaco, speaking after the news conference.


Timothy Teopaco is shown in a collage of family photos.

Teopaco worked in a fish market to put himself through pharmacy school and had a 2-year-old son, according to his mother and authorities.

Lay, 19, an alleged member of the Asian Boys Gang, was described as Cambodian, 5 feet 9 inches, 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.


Malou Teopaco hold Timothy Teopaco’s 2-year-old son. (Credit: KTLA)

Anyone with information regarding this case or Lay’s whereabouts was asked to call 323-890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call “LA Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-8477 or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or use the website