By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Investigators and a heartbroken family asked for the public’s help this week in finding the killer who took the life of an 18-year-old man who was hit by shots fired at the van he was a passenger in as it drove in East Los Angeles.

(credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

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Diego Ortega-Reza was on his way home from a Fourth of July party with his younger brother and a friend at about 12:45 p.m. on July 5. As the van drove westbound on Cesar Chavez Avenue and approached Lorena Street, gunshots were fired at them.

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Ortega-Reza, who was in the front passenger seat, was suffered a gunshot wound to the heat. The driver immediately drove to a nearby hospital, and from there Ortega-Reza was transferred to a trauma center, where he died on July 10.

“He was a very quiet and enthusiastic kid. He had just graduated high school. He wanted to do so much in life, but that was cut short,” his brother, Ulyses Ortega, said.

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Supervisor Hilda Solis has sponsored a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in Ortega-Reza’s murder. Anyone with information about the shooting can contact Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.