As Police Search for Gunman, Mourners Pay Respects to Slain Father

As police continue to search for a who shot and killed a worker in Venice, people from the community gathered at a memorial to send their condolences.

Detectives canvassed a neighborhood looking for leads to a gunman described as black between 25 and 30 years old, who is 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-9 inches tall and was wearing a black hoodie, black sunglasses and black jeans, police said.

The killing has shocked nearby residents who have nothing but praise for the man they knew for less than a day, but who left a positive lasting impression on them.

Flowers and candles form a memorial for Marvin Adolfo Ponce. The 37 year old was shot and killed as he stood at a Venice intersection of Seventh Avenue and Brooks Court, while doing his job.

For the past three years he's worked for a company which provides traffic control for major events and construction sites. He was directing traffic around a construction project Wednesday when he was gunned down.

Today nearby residents prayed with his family.

"It breaks our heart when something like this happens," said Laddie Williams, a Venice resident. "We didn't see anything that was out for this young man who we spoke to yesterday. He was very kind."

Wes Mollno, the victim's boss, said "he was one of our best guys."

"He was fantastic at what he did, never late to a job, never complained about a job," Mollno said.

Ponce is the father of a 1 year old daughter.

His family said he grew up in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles and loved his job.

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