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17-Year-Old Honor Student Killed in Drive-By Shooting in Gardena

Family members gathered in Gardena Sunday to mourn 17-year-old David Amaro-Poblano, an innocent bystander killed in a drive-by shooting.

David was an honor roll student, a star soccer player and "an innocent victim," his family said.

"He was a good kid, I don't know why they do this to him," his aunt Araceli Poblano said.

The shooting occurred Friday evening on the 1400 block of 146th Street. David was in the area dropping off invitations for a family member's birthday party.

Neighbors say they heard multiple gunshots. LA County firefighters responded and provided medical treatment. David was transported to Harbor General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the shots were fired from a light-colored sedan. No suspect has been identified.

"He was innocent," his uncle Eduardo Amaro said. "Why, why, why him?"

On Sunday, the street memorial grew as neighbors dropped off flowers. David was a few months from graduating from Environmental Charter High School. His family says he was part of the Gardena Police Explorer Program and dreamed of being an officer one day.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral expenses.

Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to contacts Detective Patrick Goodpaster at (310) 217-9653 or Detective Mike Nguyen at (310) 217-9638.

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