LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A family was grieving and searching for answers Tuesday after the mysterious murder of a 17-year-old boy.

According to police, Christian Medrano left his home in East Los Angeles last Thursday around 2 p.m. His body was found later that evening near some train tracks downtown — several miles away.

“All we really want is justice, that’s about it,” Christian’s older sister said. “We just kept looking for him and looking for him and he never came home.”

The day Medrano went missing, the Los Angeles Police Department was called at about 6:30 p.m. to the area of Myers and Kearney in an industrial area along the Los Angeles River, not far from Union Station, for a death investigation. A Hispanic male, later identified as Medrano, was found dead of gunshot wounds.

Medrano’s family said he was a good kid who loved his friends and avoided gangs in a tough neighborhood.

“He had goals in life, and honestly it hurts,” his sister said. “It really hurts that he’s gone now.”

The family said they would not give up until they figured out exactly what happened.

“I always told him, ‘You know what? Just be careful, because it’s ugly here,'” his sister said. “That’s why I moved out.”

The Los Angeles Police Department has released very little information about the case, but said that a suspect has not been arrested.


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