Community Remembers Taco Street Vendor Slain Before Father's Day - NBC Southern California

Community Remembers Taco Street Vendor Slain Before Father's Day

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    Friends and customers gathered at a South LA street corner where a man was shot and killed at his taco stand. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015. (Published Saturday, June 20, 2015)

    Friends and customers placed candles and flowers at a South Los Angeles street corner Saturday night where a father was gunned down at his taco stand two days before Father's Day.

    "There was times when people didn't have money to eat and he would let them have it for free," said customer Angel Rayon, who remembers meeting the victim, Alvaro Mata, a year ago.

    Police said Mata, a 30-year-old husband and father, was held up at gunpoint by at least two men just before 11 p.m. at East 51st Street and McKinley Avenue. He was killed during the suspected robbery attempt.

    "Seems like he was a really nice person, he got along well with everyone, joked around with everyone. Everyone really liked him," Rayon said. "It's pretty sad, pretty sad. One day before Father's Day and he's dead, not being able to be with his family."

    Taco Vendor Gunned Down in South LA

    [LA] Taco Vendor Gunned Down in South LA
    Police were searching for robber who gunned down a taco vendor on a street corner in South Los Angeles. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
    (Published Saturday, June 20, 2015)

    Mata's family hopes to raise enough funds to send his body back to Mexico.

    A description of the gunmen has yet to be released.

    Investigators were in the process of obtaining surveillance footage in the area and searching for witnesses to interview.

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