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Candlelight Vigil Held for Kidnapping Suspect Shot by Police

Tears Flowed and Anger Grew in Montebello as Hundreds Gathered Tuesday Night Near Spot Where a Kidnapping Suspect was Shot and Killed by Police the Day Before. Police Say the Shooting was Justified, but Many Family and Friends of the Victim Disagree

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    A Friend of Jorge Jimenez Cries at a Candlelight Vigil for a Man Shot and Killed by Police.

    Tony Jimenez revved his brother Jorge's motorcycle Tuesday night, near where Montebello Police shot and killed the 31 year old man on Monday after a thirty minute pursuit.

    "He was a good person, a good man. He didn't have to go this way, you know? Cops went overboard. That's all I can say," according to Tony Jimenez, Jorge's brother.

    Candlelight Vigil Held for Kidnapping Suspect Shot by Police

    [LA] Candlelight Vigil Held for Kidnapping Suspect Shot by Police
    Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday to hold a candlelight vigil for a kidnapping suspect who was killed near the spot Monday by police. police say the shooting was justified, but many family and friends of the victim disagree. (Published Tuesday, March 29, 2011)

    ELA motorcycle club members wept during the tribute to Jorge Jimenez.

    Police say Jimenez committed "suicide by cop" when he got out of his car with a gun, but loved ones despair the death of the possibly intoxicated kidnap suspect.

    "I didn't think that they should have shot him thirty-(bleep) times! I mean, that was ridiculous," according to Alexis Gonzales, Jorge's friend.

    "He was really good a mechanic. He loved his daughter, did everything for her. He was a very good provider for her. I'm gonna miss him," states David Acosta, Jorge's cousin.

    Investigators say during the pursuit, Jimenez called family and threatened to shoot police if they tried to stop his car with spike strips.

    Sheriffs also he fired four times when he got out of his car. No word yet on who fired first.

    Neighbors recall when bullets started flying.

    "I understand he had a gun, but I think it was too much. There were so many children out here at the time, walking, and it seemed like they didn't care," states Elizabeth Frias, a witness to the shooting.

    "I got scared because my family was here and my little brother," according to Leslye Huerta, a neighbor.

    Cars and buildings on Greenwood now pockmarked by bullets, a reminder to residents it could have been worse.

    "I'm glad that nobody else got hurt in all of this, because there was so many people out there that could have gotten hurt," according to Elizabeth Frias, a witness to the shooting.