Brain Dead Tagger Identified

He is Daniel Ventura, 19, who lived in the Rampart area.


The 19-year-old tagger who shattered his skull while trying to paint graffiti on a building early Thursday morning has been identified by police as Daniel Ventura.

Ventura, who lived in the Rampart area, is believed to have climbed a tree in front of 1616 Beverly Blvd. to paint graffiti on the building there.

He was found on the sidewalk below the building after police responded to a call.

Officers found spray paint at the scene, but a witness to what happened has yet to be identified.

As of Monday afternoon, Ventura's could still be seen on the second-story of the corner facing Union Place, highly visible to those traveling east on Beverly Boulevard.

Police say he was not a prolific or otherwise "well-known" tagger as far as they could tell.

The building is just a block west of Belmont High School.

According to Rampart detectives, it is not known whether Ventura still remains on life support after being declared "brain dead" Thursday.

According to officers, standard procedure is patients declared brain dead to be observed for several days in case brain waves return.

Police are still hoping that whoever called in the man's death will come forward and provide more information.

Bryt Koby October 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
A Sanchez, a 19 year old is dead. A mother has lost her child. A family is grieving. May you never feel the pain of losing a child. Our Lord says that as we judge others so shall we be judged. Try to find charity in your heart if not for the 19 year old then for the innocent child he used to be and especially for his mother.
Lisa October 16, 2012 at 09:25 PM
His poor family. Instead of talking trash about our youth, why not reach out to them. Or were you trash talkers beyond rebelliousness as teens? But your comments wouldn't match up if you said you were "perfect." These are our community's youth, they need direction. But parents, dnt turn a blind eye to your kids or think someone else will fix them. Thats a parents job. If you want the world to do it, know that the world isn't a nice place. They will be incarcerated or end up dead. Sad, very sad.
keteimporta October 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@ Al Sanchez Your life must really suck if you're talking all this "smack" about someone who I'm sure is younger than you. I'm latina, what do you have against our people? Not all "Latinos" Tag, Idiot. I'm against tagging, but I don't think he deserved this and I'm not defending him just because I knew Him, This is such a Loss for his parents, He was so young and he had a whole life ahead of him. Instead of trying to sound all "Bad Ass" behind a computer screen go find something productive to do with yourself.
sam fuller October 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM
He was commiting a crime, karma...
roland October 25, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Check your definition, I don't think tagging qualifies as a crime, as for Karma, it's quite an extreme stand you take there. I just see a kid that lost is life at 19 and that's extremely sad. What would be the Karma for insensitive posts?


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