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Thursday, 12 July 2012 04:59

Father of Five Was Gunned Down Inside Business

A line of candles surrounds a small bucket with the picture of Raul Lopez. A note attached to the can gives his name, the date when he was killed and asks for help.

Nearly two weeks after being gunned down on June 29 inside the Hoagies and Wings restaurant along Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, Lopez' murder continues unsolved and his wife and five kids, all younger than 16, are still feeling the impact of his loss.

"We need a lot of help. We have five children. They need shoes, clothing. I don't work, only my husband did," said Guadalupe, Lopez' widow. The family has been passing the can among neighbors and at different locations asking for donations.

A video taken that night shows the suspects entering another eatery not far away from where they shot Lopez.

"All we know it was a group of five African American males who were possibly driving a black Cadillac Escalade, and one of them produced a semi automatic handgun and shot the victim," said Los Angeles Police Department Detective James Nuttle.

Police describe the men as "rowdy," "roughhousing" and "throwing chairs" when they entered the eatery, located at 14600 Ventura Blvd, at around 11 p.m. that Friday night when the restaurant was about to close.

Authorities say that the incident took place around 11 p.m., when five men reportedly became upset over the wait for their order. Reports indicate that the men yelled racial slurs at Lopez, who picked up a chair and escorted the men out of the restaurant. When Lopez turned his back to resume his work, one of the men fired a semiautomatic weapon at his torso, according to police.

"They shot him out of racism because he was Mexican," said a witness who did not want to be identified. "They asked him if he had (immigration) papers and they told him they would call immigration to take him away.

"Two of them went after him and started beating him up and the other one shot him," the witness continued.

Police said the shooter was a short-haired African-American male standing 6-feet tall and weighing approximately 180- pounds.

Lopez, 38, was a native of Oaxaca, Mexico who worked two jobs to support his family.

"He was a very nice man, I was proud to have him as my dad," said Lopez' oldest son, Melesio. "He's the best dad for me and he was very responsible."

Anyone with information is urged to call Van Nuys homicide detectives at (818) 374- 9500.

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