Vigil Held For Handyman Shot To Death In Car In Sherman Oaks – CBS Los Angeles
SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) – There was a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening during which a craftsman was senselessly gunned down, presumably a misunderstanding that turned fatal.
Mondo Martinez was shot while sitting in his car in an upscale area of Sherman Oaks. His family described him as a loving man who was full of life that was taken too soon.
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Investigators said gunman Ethan Wall, 39, an Army veteran, told them when he spotted Martinez in a car he thought he was shrouding the neighborhood to raid a house. He confronted him and shot him twice, detectives added.
“Getting someone to just take matters into their own hands and kill them is absolutely bizarre and crazy for me and something that is unforgivable,” said Mondo’s niece Elena Martinez tearfully.
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Relatives believe Martinez was in the area to visit his girlfriend. You don’t think he owned a gun.
Investigators said they found two guns at the scene, one used by the shooter and the other is still under investigation.
“I just want justice for my brother,” said Danny Martinez on Wednesday night. “He wasn’t a burglar.”
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Detectives arrested Wall for murder. He was released on bail.