It was about 8:30 on the evening of Friday, July 28, 2017, when 37-year-old Gustavo Arteaga was killed. Gustavo, who regularly shared acts of kindness with homeless persons staying in the San Gabriel River Bed in Cerritos, was visiting with them. On that fateful day, while Gustavo prepared burritos to feed his companions, unknown assailants walked up to the encampment and shot him. The benevolent neighbor was struck several times by the gunfire and succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital
The suspects were last seen running southbound on Palo Verde Road and out of view.
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Homicide Bureau detectives and Gustavo’s wife and family approached the public in an emotional appeal for assistance. They asked for information in locating the suspects who took the life of a compassionate neighbor visiting and serving those less fortunate. Together, they hoped to encourage witnesses or anyone with information to step forward and share any tips they may have.
Gustavo often served the homeless community at the riverbed by bringing them nourishing, filling food and often opened his home for them to shower and share a meal even when he and his family had very little to give. Gustavo Arteaga is survived by his wife of 15 years and four children.
Homicide Bureau detectives are attempting to identify three suspects in connection with the shooting. They are described as male Hispanic adults, between 30 and 40 years old.
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