Gangs make some homicides hard to solve in Whittier’s most deadly zip code

“A lot of that is Hispanic gangs, so a lot of your targets as well as suspects are going to be Hispanics,” said Det. Louie Aguilera, who estimated that 80 to 90 percent of murders in the area are gang related.

More than four years after finding his son shot to death at their West Whittier home, Raymond Zamorano wants the man responsible to pay the price.

“I don’t know how he could get away with it,” said Zamorano, 76, who believes the man who killed his 49-year-old son, Vincent Zamorano, the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2010 was arrested and released soon after for a residential burglary.

“It’s funny that they can’t arrest him,” for his son’s murder, Zamorano said.

Vincent Zamorano’s slaying is one of 28 homicides in the 90606 ZIP code from 2000 through 2010 and one of 16 unsolved homicides in the West Whittier ZIP code, which had one of the highest rates of unsolved homicides — 59 percent — in the region, according to law enforcement data analyzed by this news organization.

Countywide, data analyzed by the Los Angeles News Group showed that of the 11,244 cases investigated as homicides, 4,862 — or 46 percent — remain unsolved in the county. Latino victims make up half of the unsolved homicides.

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