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Authorities seek public help in investigation of fatal shooting of 13-year-old Pasadena boy

As detectives work on the lead in the deadly shooting of a 13-year-old Pasadena boy over the weekend, city and school officials on Monday called on the public for help in finding the suspect or suspects.

Blair School student Iran Moreno-Balvaneda was playing a video game at his home on the 900 block of North Raymond Avenue on Saturday night when shots were fired nearby. Moreno-Balvaneda was struck and later died in a hospital.

Citing an ongoing investigation, police have not released many details about the shooting or possible motive. However, investigators believe the intended target was a boy.

Memorial candles stand near the Pasadena home of a 13-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet while playing a video game in his bedroom on Saturday night, November 20, 2021. (Photo by Eric Laikas, SCNG)

“We have no reason to believe he was a target,” Pasadena Police Chief John Perez said Monday. He described Moreno-Balvaneda as a simple student and a great child.

Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald said he was shocked when he learned about the shooting.

“You would never want to hear of a small child in particular being killed like this. It is hard to wrap your head around it,” McDonald said.

He expressed condolences to the victim’s family and appealed to the public for help.

“I would ask anyone who pulled the trigger, please call the police,” McDonald said. “We really need to get this resolved and the people who have brought it to justice.”

Councilor John Kennedy said he had lost an innocent life in Pasadena.

“His family is beyond grief, and we are not far behind them in the pain that fills our hearts. Our community and its people are in grief,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Kennedy urged the shooter to come himself in. He addressed anyone who was with the shooter or anyone who knew the shooter to take the suspect in.

“It doesn’t matter if this guy is black, brown or white. It doesn’t matter if he’s in a gang or a lone wolf. It doesn’t matter if he’s young or old. Turn him on,” Kennedy said .

“As diverse people and diverse communities, we must stand together and stand together. Justice must be done; It is up to us to speak up and not remain silent. If you know something, say something. Turn him on and put an end to this madness. ,

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According to McDonald’s, the school district plans to provide counselors to schools when students return from the Thanksgiving holiday.

There were 66 documented shootings in Pasadena this year, said Pasadena Police spokesman Lt. William Griseff. He said three people were killed and 16 were injured in the firing. He said some of the shootings were gang related but did not have the exact figures.

The first fatal shooting took place on March 13 in the 2500 block of East Foothill Boulevard. A man approached the parked car and opened fire.

Bernardo Cortez Velasco, 23, of Azusa, died of gunshot wounds to the head, neck and chest at a hospital the next day, according to the coroner’s office. The other person in the car, a 19-year-old Duarte woman, was treated on the spot for minor injuries. Later the police arrested two people.

On October 25, two persons were seriously injured in a shootout in the 1000 block of Summit Avenue. Callers reported hearing gunshots at around 9:50 pm

The third victim, who was not injured, took both the injured to a local hospital, police said.

One of the victims, 24-year-old Jamal Patterson, died on October 28.

Saturday’s shooting is not the first time residents have come under stray bullets.

On July 8, a woman was shot in the leg while living with her two children. Police said she was not the intended target. The suspect shot a man standing in front of a nearby house in the 1800 block of Navarro Avenue.

And a 10-year-old boy playing in his front yard in the 300 block of Parke Street was shot multiple times on February 14.

His mother, Gabriella Joya, said that seconds before the shooting, her son went out to hang out and play in the front yard where his older brother, father and uncle were. She heard gunshots and ran outside.

“My son was hit and here we are doing everything we can to make sure my son can hold on until the paramedics arrive,” she said.

Police arrested two suspects in May in connection with the shootings.

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