LBPD Announces Arrest In Brazen WLB Shooting That Killed Cabrillo High Student, Another Suspect Sought
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(April 8, 2005) -- Following an investigation described as intense, thorough and relentless, LBPD has arrested a suspect and named another in a brazen Feb. 24 midafternoon shooting that killed 17-year old Demetrius Williams and wounded a 15 year-old friend within steps of Cabrillo High and LBPD's West Division station.
LB and L.A. media converged on LBPD headquarters for a late afternoon April 8 news conference.
Commander Jay Johnson of LBPD's Gang & Violent Crimes Division faced multiple cameras and microphones, telling reporters:
[A]s a result of a meticulous and relentless investigation by Homicide Detectives McMahon and Cardoza, they have identified two suspects:
The first suspect, Garland White of LB, is a 21 year-old male Hispanic.
The second suspect, Jose Gallegos of Compton, is 20 year-old male Hispanic who has a warrant for his arrest at this time and is not yet in custody and his whereabouts are unknown at this time.
Commander Johnson said there were "several pieces of evidence that went together" for the case. Suspect White was in custody on a parole violation when LBPD Detectives presented the case to the L.A. County District Attorney's office on April 7. Charges of murder and attempted murder were filed April 8 against suspect White.
Commander Johnson said LBPD was actively looking for suspect Gallegos, although he might be out of state or out of the country.
Police were tight-lipped about details of the crime for the time being. Pictures of the suspects were not distributed "because there's still some aspects of the investigation that we're working on," Commander Johnson said.
Yolanda Daniels, the mother of the slain Demetrius Williams, attended the news conference with familymembers. LBPD respectfully identified her for reporters at the start of the news conference...and following LBPD's announcement of the arrest, reporters were invited to speak with her for her comments.
Ms. Daniels: "I thank the Homicide [Detectives] because they did their job. And I do have faith in God. And I knew one day, that they were going to find them.
And I'm so overjoyed and I'm just so proud that they have somebody that did a senseless killing of an innocent child.
And the other one is going to be found too. Because God is going to make it right. You can't run forever."
Commander Johnson publicly thanked Homicide Detectives McMahon and Cardoza for their "meticulous, relentless investigation on their part. They put a lot of pieces together here and they did a tremendous job by following along the whole way and they did an absolute tremendous job in this case, and I'd like to thank them and give them credit where credit is due for identifying the suspects."
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