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Written by Alex Garcia   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 05:03

Third Violent Fatality in Three Consecutive Months


Another violent death was recorded in the City of San Fernando, making it the third murder in three consecutive months for a city where no such acts were recorded for several previous years.

San Fernando police said Alejandro Flores, 20, of Van Nuys, was stabbed to death and then run over by a vehicle along the 800 block of Harding Avenue about 5:50 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30. The body was left next to the curb in front of Wooden Shoe Preschool, housed inside the campus of First United Methodist Church of San Fernando, across the street from Pioneer Park.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department was assisting the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) with the homicide investigation. SFPD Lt. Tony Vairo of the SFPD said suspect Luis Salmeron, 20, of Sylmar, was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder. Salmeron is expected to be arraigned on Thursday, Jan. 3.

"We got the call about a traffic accident, vehicle vs. pedestrian, but when we got there, that wasn't the case. It was a clear cut victim of a murder," Vairo said.

On Monday, Dec. 31,, a couple of candles and some flowers marked the spot where the unidentified man was found. Dirt was thrown over splattered blood on the asphalt. More blood was visible on the sidewalk and along the street close by.

"He had a bunch of holes," said a man who happened onto the body when he came by the park early Sunday morning. "His shirt was off, but he had pants on. That fool looked like a pin cushion," referring to the numerous stabbing wounds on the victim's chest.

"He had about 15 to 20 holes," said the man, who didn't want to identify himself.

He added City of San Fernando workers who came by the park shortly after him alerted the authorities.

"The Fire Department showed up real fast. Then came the police," he recalled. Authorities cordoned off the area for much of the day on Sunday as they investigated the scene. The body lay on the street until the Coroner's office picked him up around 2 or 3 p.m., according to another witness. This is the third murder in the City of San Fernando in the past three months.

On Oct. 6, Diego Martínez, 27, was stabbed in the rear parking lot of the 7 Mares Restaurant, located in the 1100 block of First Street in San Fernando. He died later at the hospital. Police said a suspect was identified within hours of the stabbing, but they have yet to locate him.

On Nov. 11, John Paul Villalta, 28, was shot to death in the back parking lot of an apartment building along the 300 block of Hagar Street. Authorities said an argument between the victim and another man led to Villalta being shot several times near a dumpster.

The suspect in that shooting, Randall Ortiz, 50, of Los Angeles, turned himself in on Nov. 25 at the SFPD station. These violent acts in a city that had not seen a murder since 2006 have not gone unnoticed by residents, who expressed apprehension at the scene of the latest fatality.

"It's getting dangerous. It's getting really ugly," said a resident, who declined to give his name.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 05:07