The fatal shooting occurred on Saturday night on an exit ramp from the 405 Freeway close to Los Angeles International Airport. Carl Slenoy Jr., who was killed, was 28 years old and had two young daughters. He had served in the Navy.
After Slenoy Jr. was killed, his family is looking for answers and looking for justice.
The victim was heading home with his girlfriend after dinner with friends on Saturday night, but before he could arrive, he was murdered, authorities said.
“His mom’s devastated, his sisters are devastated, all of us are,” said Jay Wilson, the victim’s cousin. “While he’s exiting the freeway, a car approached them and maybe one or two people got out of the car and opened fire on him.”
The police say that about six shots were fired at Slenoy Jr.’s car. California Highway Patrol says that he was in the driver’s seat when he was found with a bullet wound. Officials said that his car was found at the top of the La Tijera Boulevard exit from the southbound 405 Freeway.
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The victim’s family says that there was no fight at the restaurant where he was eating earlier that night and no road rage on the way home.
“There’s no reason to believe that somebody would be out to get him,” said Wilson. “That’s just something that would never cross our minds. It’s heartbreaking because he’s a good guy. He’s been in the Navy. He’s a great dad, great son, great big brother. Always had a smile on his face, so it’s tragic.”
A memorial with candles has been set up near the place where Slenoy Jr. was found dead after being shot.
“We’re hoping somebody has a conscience,” said Wilson. “Somebody out there saw something. Somebody driving by saw something.”
The cause of the death is still being looked into.
The CHP’s Major Crimes Unit can be reached at 323-644-9550 if you were in the area between 1 and 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and have information, dash-cam videos, or Tesla recordings. Call 323-259-3410 after business hours.
Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or send a tip online at lacrimestoppers.org to give information without giving your name.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.