Erik Joshua Hopkins, 20, was fatally shot in South Los Angeles. According to police reports, two male suspects approached Hopkins in the 10000 block of South Vermont Avenue and shot him in the upper body January 10. However, according to family members, Hopkins was gunned down on January 15.
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The grandson of a pastor and father of a newborn was transported to a local hospital where he died. Police believe the shooting was gang-related. However, Hopkins was not a gang member. Anyone with information about the shooting contact LAPD's Southeast Division detectives at (213) 972-7813.