(January 12, 2021, 4:55 a.m.) -- LB's first murder victim of 2021 was a 64 year old man who lived in a homeless encampment, adjacent to the 91 freeway just east of Cherry Ave. (CD 9/Richardson).
In a release, LBPD says that on Jan. 10, 2021 at about 8:10 p.m., officers were sent to the 2300 block of E. 68th St. and located the shooting victim in a homeless encampment adjacent to the westbound lanes of the 91 freeway. LBPD began performing life saving measures; LBFD responded and determined the victim deceased at the scene.
LBPD's preliminary investigation indicated that the victim, Samuel Villalba, 64, resided at the encampment. He was shot multiple times in the upper torso. Witnesses at the scene described two or more male suspects fleeing the scene on-foot toward Cherry Avenue. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, although it is being investigated as gang-related.
LBREPORT.com considers it newsworthy and comment-worthy that there is an active homeless encampment just over a mile due east of the City's multi-million dollar "Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing" (6841-45 Atlantic Ave.) The City spent $8 million in state taxpayer funds and $3 million in LA County taxpayer funds on the nearby City homeless facility..
Why did Mr. Villalba prefer to live in the homeless encampment rather than the taxpayer funded "homeless village"? Did the City (through its homeless outreach programs) have any contact(s) with Mr. Villalba after the NLB homeless facility opened in October 2020? Roughly how many other persons does the City currently estimate are in the 91-freeway adjacent homeless encampment? How many does it believe are in homeless encampments citywide>? How many homeless individuals/families are currently in the City's "Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing" facility?
Shortly before dawn Jan, 12, LBREPORT.com emailed the City's Director of Health and Human Services, Kelly Colopy, seeking her responses to these questions.
In October 2020, the City touted the opening of its 24/7 Atlantic Ave. homeless facility as a "low-barrier facility designed to allow people access whenever they are ready for support" that features:
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