TUJUNGA – A Palmdale man found shot to death last week in a vehicle in Tujunga was publicly identified Monday, Aug. 8.
He was 51-year-old Edward Kates III, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The incident was reported around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers sent to the 8100 block of Foothill Boulevard found the man, now identified as Kates, in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Annie Hernandez told City News Service.
Kates was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Detectives were advised a witness was riding his bike and observed the victim in his vehicle unconscious and called 911,” the LAPD news release states. “Detectives are in the process of viewing surveillance video from the area as well as canvassing the area for witnesses and additional evidence.”
No arrests were reported, and no suspect information has been released. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the LAPD Valley Bureau homicide office at 818-374-9550, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
Family members of Kates have created an online fundraiser titled, “Bring his body home to his family.” According to the gofundme page, Kates was a father of five, and the family is trying to get his body from California to Connecticut “to have him put to rest with his mother.”
To donate to this effort, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bring-his-body-home-to-his-family?.
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