Investigators released surveillance video and photos Wednesday as they asked the public for help in their search for the killer of a 19-year-old soccer player who was fatally shot in Compton as he sat in his car.
Vicente Castillo stopped his car next to a vehicle he thought was being driven by a friend near the intersection of South White Avenue and East Rose Street (map) near East Rancho Dominguez County Park on December 23, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
The driver of the other vehicle got out and approached Castillo as he was sitting behind the wheel of his car and shot him for no apparent reason, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
A passenger in Castillo’s car was not hit.
Castillo was taken to Saint Francis Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his upper body and was pronounced dead just hours after the assault.
Immediately following the shooting, deputies said two people got away in a dark-colored sedan. It was initially believed to be a Volkswagen Jetta, but authorities later said they could not confirm that.
A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
Castillo was a full time student at Cal State Long Beach, and was set to begin playing with the Barcelona, Spain, developmental soccer team, which is associated with the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the news release.
Castillo is survived by his mother, Maria Ponce, his sister and brothers.
Investigators were expected to release surveillance video and photos in their search for the shooter during a news conference in Monterey Park Wednesday.