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#LASD *Surveillance Footage* Persons of Interest Sought in Murder of Beloved & Amazing Brother Rene Lupian, East LA


#LASD *Surveillance Footage* Persons of Interest Sought in Murder of Beloved & Amazing Brother Rene Lupian, East LA

On Wednesday November 7, 2018, 22 year old Rene Lupian had just gotten off work and walked into a liquor store in the city of East Los Angeles at approximately 10:30 pm. Shortly after making a purchase and leaving the store, Rene was shot and killed at 941 South Concourse Avenue by what was described as a male Hispanic suspect wearing a royal blue sweatshirt and a dark colored bandana covering his face.

Today, homicide detectives and family members of the young man, who was described as a “beautiful soul…amazing, self-driven, and extremely gracious individual,” made a plea to the public, with hopes that someone may pick up the phone and provide any information, anonymously or not, related to his murder.

“The video surveillance footage we are showing to the public depicts a female Hispanic that walked into the store just prior to Victim Rene Lupian” entering. It does not appear as the two know each other. The female exits after Rene and enters a white compact vehicle.

Click on this link to view the surveillance footage: 
https://youtu.be/bak-lh30zMs

The suspect vehicle is unique in the fact that it has a distinct scuff marking on the rear drivers’ side bumper, a black passenger side mirror and black front passenger fender. All these markings are significant, but could be changed. The vehicle is then seen by witnesses approaching Rene and an altercation ensues.

“We believe this to be a robbery that went bad. It appears that Rene gave-up a backpack he was carrying but resisted giving a gold chain and cross that was given to him by his grandmother as a keepsake,” said Homicide Bureau Captain Christopher Bergner. It is at this point that he was shot by the suspect.

Detectives can get a break in the case if anyone recognizes the individuals in the photographs shown today of the possible suspect vehicle and two persons of interest.

The first person of interest, as depicted in the drawing, is a female believed to be a witness at this point.

The second person of interest, also depicted, is believed to be the driver of the white vehicle. He is described as a male Hispanic, thin build, average height, who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored pants.

“We do not believe Rene in anyway instigated this incident and was cooperative up to the point that the suspect attempted to take the cross he kept in remembrance of his grandmother. He was a hardworking young man and was planning to attend a trade school with dreams of ultimately becoming an architect,” said Captain Bergner.

Homicide Investigators have conducted a tremendous amount of work on this case and continue to follow up on leads. And in support of this investigation, Board of Supervisor Hilda Solis has posted a $20,000 reward for information used to solve this case. It is our hope that as you learn the details of this case and the tragic loss this family is feeling without Rene, you assist us in solving this terrible loss of life. 
If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org