Officials announced a $10,000 reward Friday for information leading to whoever shot and killed 20-year-old Fabian Barajas in El Monte last month.
Barajas was shot about 12:33 a.m. while he was stopped at a cul-de-sac near the 12300 block of Valley Boulevard on April 3. Investigators believe someone came up to him and shot him.
The wound caused Barajas to crash into the front of a metal driveway security gate leading to a business complex, the news release from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department stated.
Arriving emergency crews pronounced Barajas dead at the scene.
Barajas worked as a machine operator in the city of Walnut. He was the provider for the household he shared with his mother and was a car enthusiast who loved playing video games, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators are hoping a reward will bring in new information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Barajas’ death. The motive behind the crime remains unclear. Authorities said they have reviewed surveillance video of the shooting, but will not be releasing it to the public.
During a news conference Friday, authorities released a composite sketch of a person of interest. That person was described as being a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and between 160 and 170 pounds. The man was described as wearing a black Dodgers cap, a black jacket and dark pants.
Barajas' mother and father pleaded with the public to come forward with information during the news conference. Wearing sunglasses and a t-shirt with a photo of her son, Ava Barajas described Fabian as responsible, hard working and caring. She said in Spanish that her son was just starting to live life and had many dreams that ended when his life was cut short.
"He was really special," Ava Barajas said in Spanish. "He was my life. This person has left me without life," she said, referring to the shooter.
Barajas' father, also named Fabian, said during the news conference that he is having a hard time accepting what happened.
"My son wasn't a person who would harm anybody. And it bothers me a lot, because all he would do is work, provide for his family and help out," Fabian Barajas Sr. said.
"This person is an animal, he is not a human being," Barajas Sr. said about the shooter.
Other family members held up signs that read "We want justice for Fabian" in English and Spanish.
Anyone with information about his death was asked to contact L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).