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Pasadena Police Department Still Seeking Justice For Iran Moreno, Killed By Stray Bullet Last November

Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 | 5:47 am
 

Iran Moreno. [gofundme]
Typically the following information is placed at the bottom of our stories, but because of the ongoing investigation we are placing this information at the top of the story.

To report a tip or provide information related to this shooting, contact the Pasadena Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Unit at (626) 744-4241. Tips can also be reported anonymously to the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org

One year the Pasadena Police Department is still seeking justice for the family of Iran Moreno.

Moreno was shot and killed by a  stray bullet while playing video games at his home on North Raymond Avenue last November.

According to police he was not the target of the shooting.

Despite pleas by the police and the City Council and rewards offered by Governor Newsom and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a suspect has not been apprehended. 

“Justice has no expiration date,” said Pasadena Police Detective Keith Gomez. “Pasadena PD’s Robbery / Homicide detectives will never forget the cowardice murder of young Iran Moreno, nor the indescribable pain this evil act caused his family. Detectives will never stop their relentless pursuit of those responsible for Iran‘s senseless murder.”

The Pasadena Police Department plans to put out a release seeking information regarding the shooting. 

Last year, Moreno’s death united the community.

More than 200 people attended a vigil at Villa Parke shortly after the horrific incident. The City canceled a scheduled City Council meeting so elected officials could attend the vigil.

Councilmembers held a press conference at City Hall where elected officials and then Interim Police Chief Cheryl Moody called on the shooter to turn himself in.

“The Pasadena community is still hurting from the death of Iran,” said District 3 Councilmember Justin Jones, who now represents District 3 where the shooting took place.  “We are seeking justice for the family and our community. 

Despite the pleas, there have been no reports of anyone coming forward. 

“The hardest part of losing a child is living everyday afterwards,” Iran’s aunt Edith Vicente on a gofundme page for Iran.

There is a total of $85,000 in reward money offered by various sources for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. The City posted a $10,000 reward, the  County of Los Angeles Supervisors have offered $20,000, Governor Newsom has made available $50,000, and an anonymous donor has put $5,000.

“As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday let us give thanks for all that we have and take a moment to remember those we have lost, including Iran Moreno, a 13 year old son of Pasadena that was tragically shot and killed on November 20, 2021,” Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo told Pasadena Now this week.

“We also remember Ernesto Jimenez, a beloved community member who was senselessly shot and killed on November 13, 2020 while walking in his neighborhood.  Please keep Iran, Ernesto, and all other victims of senseless violence, and their families in your hearts. Let’s recommit ourselves to stopping violence in every part of our city.”

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