Reward being offered in the mysterious fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Latino male
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of District 13 and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) this week have announced a $50,000 reward for information regarding the killing of a 21-year-old Latino.
The case regards the fatal stabbing of Juan Carlos Luna, who reportedly was discovered in the 1800 block of West Court Street in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood on the morning of Sept. 17, 2017, according to the LAPD.
A pedestrian discovered the victim lying unresponsive on the sidewalk near the northwest corner of Court Street and Burlington Avenue; he had suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. at the scene by the paramedics.
Luna, a resident of Glendale, California, had attended a party in Koreatown the night before the murder took place. According to the LAPD, he was last seen by a friend leaving the party in the early morning hours of Sept. 17, 2017.
Neither the suspect(s) nor the motives behind the attack are known, but police think that Luna was alone when he was attacked and that it occurred sometime between 2 and 8 a.m.
Luna was not a documented gang member, but police are still investigating the motive behind the attack. The LAPD and the city council hope that the announcement of the reward will help in gaining more intel.
O’Farrell, along with Luna’s brother and parents, announced the reward offer at a press conference on Tuesday, January 30 at LA City Hall, urging the public to come forward with any information regarding the attack.
“With this reward offer, we hope to compel members of the public to step up and assist our partners of the Los Angeles Police Department with this investigation,” O’Farrell, whose district covers Historic Filipinotown, said at the press conference.
Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call the LAPD Rampart Division detectives at 323-484-3650. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Luna’s fiancee, Stephany Vargas, has set up a Gofundme page to assist the Luna family with finances in the aftermath of Luna’s death: https://www.gofundme.com/my-love-may-you-rest-in-peace. (Klarize Medenilla/AJPress)