Authorities identify teenager killed in Boyle Heights shooting


Authorities on Wednesday identified a 14-year-old boy who was killed a day earlier in a shooting in Boyle Heights.

Roosevelt High School student Jeremy Galvin, of Los Angeles, was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in the 2800 block of East 2nd Street, outside the Evergreen Recreation Center and across from First Street Elementary School.

Officers patrolling the area around 3:30 p.m. heard gunshots and responded to the scene, where they found the teenager conscious but barely breathing, LAPD officials told The Times on Tuesday evening.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Apparently there was some sort of argument between the suspect and the victim” before the shooting, Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson Mike Lopez said on Wednesday.

Police arrested a minor suspected of committing a firearm offense shortly after the incident, but officials said on Wednesday the arrest was not made in connection with the shooting.

Investigators continue to search for a suspect in the shooting.

The incident came less than 24 hours after a shooting in Wilmington that killed 12-year-old Alexander Alvarado and seriously injured his mother-in-law and a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while she was lying in a nearby schoolyard, leaving the community on edge.

The LAPD did not apprehend the suspects or reveal the motive for the shooting, but Police Chief Michel Moore said on Tuesday that “dozens” of cartridge cases from at least two firearms of different caliber had been recovered from the scene, suggesting that several armed men opened fire with intent to cause substantial harm.

In a joint statement released Wednesday, Mónica García, a member of the Los Angeles school board and the acting superintendent of schools. Megan K. Reilly expressed her sadness at the death of the two students.

“We are overwhelmed with grief. With heavy hearts, we join the families bereaved by the tragic events of the past week, ”the statement read. “Multiple levels of violence in our community near Wilmington Park Elementary School and today in Boyle Heights – resulting in the death of a beloved student at Theodore Roosevelt High School – our school communities continue to be tested and challenged.

“There are no words to express the pain, sadness and anger that many of us are feeling right now.”


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