INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — An Inglewood father of four who tried to save his family from gunfire during a shooting rampage has been laid to rest.
Mourners packed St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hawthorne Friday for the memorial service to remember 33-year-old Filimon Lamas and his 4-year-old son.
“Never lose faith in God,” the priest told the congregation in Spanish, never mentioning the name of the neighbor who Inglewood police say is responsible for the Oct. 20, shooting rampage.
Police say the suspected gunman, 55-year-old Desmond John Moses, shot five of six members of the family before setting fire to his own home. He died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Later Saturday evening, investigators recovered a body believed to belong to Moses from the burned-out Inglewood home. He was reportedly wearing bullet-proof armor and holding a .38 caliber revolver, according to police.
Lamas’ wife, 28-year-old Gloria Jiminez, and two of their children were wounded in the shooting. A fourth child escaped without physical injury.
Jiminez was released from the hospital on Thursday and attended the service, along with her children.
Police believe there was an ongoing dispute between Moses, a longtime renter of the rear home on the lot, and the family but would not elaborate on a motive.
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