Teenaged Suspect Booked for Murder of Stepfather

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On March 24, 2013 at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Long Beach Police Department received a call of a shooting in the area of 69th Street and Long Beach Boulevard, which resulted in the death of a male adult.

When officers arrived, they discovered the victim, identified as 37-year-old Rogelio Aguirre-Lopez of Compton, down on the ground.  Victim Aguirre-Lopez was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Witnesses informed officers that the suspect was still in the area, and officers were directed to a nearby apartment complex where they took the suspect into custody.

Based on the preliminary investigation, it was determined there was a dispute between the suspect and the victim, step-father to the suspect, which resulted in the shooting.

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Joel Torres of Long Beach.  He has been booked for murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $1,000,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244.  Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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