Activists gather at Gardena memorial for Andres Guardado to demand sheriff release autopsy report

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A photo of 18-year-old Andres Guardado is held by his 22-year-old sister, Jennifer, during a rally last week in Gardena. He was fatally shot June 18 by a sheriff’s deputy.(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A photo of 18-year-old Andres Guardado is held by his 22-year-old sister, Jennifer, during a rally last week in Gardena. He was fatally shot June 18 by a sheriff’s deputy.(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A coalition of community activists gathered Sunday at a street memorial in Gardena for Andres Guardado, who was fatally shot June 18 by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy, and called on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to release the autopsy report of the 18-year-old.

“Villanueva has to be held accountable,” Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope said in a phone interview. “He is saying the investigation will be transparent, but he had blocked release of the autopsy. It is important not just for the family, but the whole city is watching this case.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department put a “security hold” on the Guardado case Monday, saying that “investigators wish to maintain the integrity of the investigation, and premature release of information could jeopardize the case.”

Activists believe the autopsy will provide crucial information about the killing of Guardado, who was speaking with someone in a car outside an auto body shop where he worked as a security guard when deputies arrived.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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