Man Killed Monday Night in Echo Park Identified

According to an LAPD statement, the victim is Ivan Meza Pedroza, 33. Pedroza is said to have grown up in the area and been a basketball star at John Marshall High School.

Police have now identified a man shot and killed Monday evening on an urban hillside in Echo Park. They also have information that may lead them to a suspect in the killing. 

The victim is Ivan Meza Pedroza, 33, who, according to several who knew him, attended John Marshall High School and was a basketball star there.

They also said he was a father of several children and grew up in the area. 

Police still say they still don't know what motivated the killing, but on Wednesday afternoon they did release additional details about what happened. 

Pedroza and another man apparently walked up the 2100 block of Bellevue Avenue, where they met up with a third man, "Chucky."

According to the LAPD news release, Pedroza and the shooter began talking and "moments later the suspect took out a handgun and shot Pedroza." 

Police discovered Pedroza's body near several tents and mattresses on the hillside just above the cul-de-sac there Monday evening. 

By Wednesday morning, a make-shift shrine of flowers, candles, hand-written notes and a cupcake had popped up on the hillside.

Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch talked to several visitors who had driven down the cul-de-sac to pay their respects there.

They seemed deeply saddened at the news about "Ivan," who they remembered as popular and attractive athlete who had fallen on harder times.

Noted one commenter on Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch Tuesday:

I will remember your love for your kids, your mom, the beach, basketball [and] when you'd play at Silverlake Reservoir, your cooking, your motorcyle, your good looks [and] charm. You were calm [and] no harshness about you.

Said another friend on our Facebook page: 

We were in the same church youth group at Angelus Temple. He was someone to look up to and certainly worth knowing. There's a whole community of people whose lives he touched. 

Police urge anyone with more information about what happened to call Rampart Detective Julian Pere at (213) 484-3638.

Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch is following this story and will keep you posted. 

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Eastsider August 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
is this Ivan (tall, skinny, went to King and Marshall, lived with his mom and sister on Benton Way and Sunset)?
kaycee August 02, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Yes , its him :/
oscar August 02, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Yup that's him...... He live with me and my brother David Gil. my brother and Ivan compete to see who has the prettiest girls ....R.I.P Ivan
jenny August 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
He was such a sweet heart.. terrible this happened to such a good person.
vany August 02, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Love u
vany August 02, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Those were the flowers I left for him today, I love u Ivan u will b my big brother forever... until we meet again luv u with all my heart
Louie Lopez August 02, 2012 at 05:26 AM
R.I.P. Ivan You will always be remembered.....Your Friend, Louie
MRod August 02, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Great Guy, Good heart, my prayers go out to him & his Family R.I.P Bro
Geraldine Sotiangco-Crespo August 02, 2012 at 07:06 AM
This is very sad to hear. I've known Ivan (R.I.P.) for a short time, we had a good talk one time. He gave me some advice on something that i needed help with. He is very smart and definitely a sweet talker. I always see him on his bike and always trying to sell me something. You will surely be missed. My condolence to his family.
DAVID August 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
This sucks ,we too knew him over @ Al's cycle shop. He was real cool, we will miss him, rest in peace my brother may God have mercy on your soul. will someone pls. tell us about his services, thx. David, Al, Moe WF, & The rest of the bike shop mechanics & crew.
Nancy Hernandez August 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM
so sad ivan was a such a great guy and so sweet fucked up that someone had to take you out this way my prayers to his family and all the kids he leaves behind :(
teresa August 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM
was he trying to help someone and got shot??? it sounds like he was a nice guy....
Maria August 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
May he rest in peace- can you guys please post a pics of him- I went to Marshall and wanted to see if he is the same ivan i knew ?
Martin Olivares August 02, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Hi Vanessa, you know me but Ivan played basketball for me and Russell Ishii at King Jr (LA Runners). He played with alot heart, I still remember him and David away starting trouble or chasing girls, partner in crime. I very sorry for your family lost, is there were you like us to donate or help with in Ivan name. if he has kids, will start fund for them? if you can email information so I can pass on to coaches and passed players (styx25hoop@msn.com) again my heart and prayers go out to your family and friends.
Maria August 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
May he rest in peace- can you guys please post a pics of him- I went to Marshall and wanted to see if he is the same ivan i knew ?
Deana Marie May August 02, 2012 at 11:34 PM
He was a GREAT person! I saw him just a couple of weeks ago, when he helped me put some items in my car! He always was polite and sweet to me and I don't think he had a malicious bone in his body! Whoever did this, needs to pay, for there is no excuse for this type of violence, whether it be over a woman, money, property or drugs! This is just a very tragic legacy to leave for his children! Some of them he barely knew, and the older ones, that he had not seen in a few years, who will never forget him! As a matter of fact, that was the topic of our last conversation! His children! R.I.P. dear Ivan! xoxoxo
Ricardo August 03, 2012 at 02:40 AM
IVAN mi Amigo supe de tu muerte me duele mucho lo que un cobarde criminal te quito la vida pero Yose que Jesuscristo Dios nuestro te abra las puertas del paraiso brother y algun dia nos veremos alla .Que Dios te Bendiga y en Paz descanses seguire Rezando por ti .Ivan rest in peace .
vanessa August 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
On behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank everyone for your utmost condolences. We appreciate everyone who helped him out in anyway. We're forever grateful. For those who would like to attend the viewing the information will be up tomorrow. Our family has decided to privately lay him to rest.
Cesar reyes August 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Many condolences and prayers to Ivan's family and children. Sad to hear and to get an update like this on a friend from back in the day. Rip
nelly August 03, 2012 at 08:48 AM
you will always be remembered...... may your soul rest in peace....this is just a see you later....it so hard to know i wont see you nor talk to you but you are in a better place now no worries no more suffering and your a new angel watching over us..... catch you later mi salivon !!!!!
Rob Perez August 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Ivan, you touched so many lifes. I'm sadden to hear how all it went down. You will be remembered. RIP...........
S M August 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My Dearest Friend Ivan, I'm so sorry that Someone created such a ugly and evil person who toke in his own hands to take a beautiful person like you away from us. My tears haven stopped since the morning this heartbreaking news came to me. I still think you will show up at my door and when I realize that you won't god the felling is a pain is wish for no one to feel. I wish I could go back a week where you where sleeping on my couch and just lock my doors and not let you out. I'm gonna miss you my friend. You are a special man, and I can't wait till I will see you again. I know your safe and happy where you are I just wish you where here. Love you Sweetheart. See u soon. .
Anthea Raymond (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thank you everyone for your memories especially Ivan's family. Here is more information about the life of Ivan Pedroza and his viewing: http://patch.com/A-wDcc
John Estrada August 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
You will always live on in ower harts I was your coach and your friend you loved the game and you and your brothers were great at it and could tell you loved the game wish I was there when this happened feel that I leet you down I will see you in the next life
Vanessa Velasco August 15, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Ivan you n I have been thru a lot. There were times when you protected me and times when you were the biggest help with me my problems. Im sorry that I couldn't have been more help to you. When u drifted away from my world it was because you didn't want to change or take my help and I couldn't keep up with your idea of what life was. However bad our relationship got you always tried to side with me and my views. I know you were sad that you couldn't follow me out of the madness together but I couldn't handle your ways and had to bid my adew. When ever I saw you I would be upset with you and you knew it so you kept your distance. I know one day we meet again in gods place and I know that when you find me up there you will know all the ropes and help me along. We won't have any apologies cause we both know what's up. There will just be smiles. In gods hands is our only distance. Un Amor Eterno


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