Julie Barrios is distraught on the phone talking about her son Curtis Ryan Mann.
Mann, 25, was shot and killed on June 15 as he sat on the stoop of an apartment building at 424 North Coronado Street.
Never Said Anything Bad About Anyone
"He never said anything bad about anyone, "she said. "I can't imagine what he would have done to provoke this."
Barrios said Mann had been living in the neighborhood for about a year, at a "board and care" where he was learning independent living skills after a long bout with depression.
Mann's sister Toni Flores added by email, " As we spent a few hours at the location where he was shot Wednesday, a few people came up to us and said that they would always see him walking around, smiling and saying hi to everyone."
"He never done anything bad but only bother to ask for cigarettes and change, just to buy single cigarettes," she added.
Family Hopes Neighbors Will Speak Out
The family is hoping that neighborhood residents will speak out and provide information about who killed Mann.
Along with a memorial at 424 North Coronado, they have posted signs in Spanish around the area offering a reward for information.
Toni Flores said they're also brainstorming about fundraising to enhance the size of that reward.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact LAPD Rampart's Homicide Division at (213) 484-3650 or the Watch Commander at (213) 484-3500.