Nearly four years after a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles claimed the life of a 21-year-old, officials announced Thursday that they were offering a $50,000 reward for information on the killer.
Vallan Gavilan was standing near the 400 block of West 87th Street in the Vermont Vista area around 8:20 p.m. on March 28, 2016, when “unknown suspects” drove by and shot him multiple times, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Gavilan was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives have yet to identify a suspect in the case. On Thursday, L.A. police investigators were joined by Gavilan’s family as they announced a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of suspects involved in the killing.
“It’s been a rough almost four years,” Gavilan’s mother, Joy Gavilan, said at the press conference Thursday. “We forgive the person or persons that has done it but we still would like for them to come forward and help us get closure.”
Gavilan was the youngest of Joy’s five sons. He himself had 14 nieces and nephews and was a mentor to all of them, Joy said.
“We protected him so much from the street but the street took him back,” she said. “We knew him as a child that did the right thing.”
Anyone with information can reach the LAPD at 877-527-3247. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.