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Esquivel Castillo, L.A. Homicide No. 22: Man Dies Eight Days After Brutal Beating

By Ryan Deto

A middle-aged Latino man was severely injured after being assaulted on January 17 in Central-Alemeda just after midnight. After being hospitalized at County-USC Medical Center for eight days, Esquivel Castillo died of blunt head trauma on January 25, according to coroner's records.

LAPD investigators told the Los Angeles Times that the 51-year-old was beaten near the corner of 55th Street and Hooper Avenue. At his time of death over a week later, no arrests had been made.

The neighborhood where Castillo was attacked is residential -- a local market, church and elementary school are all located within a few blocks.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the LA Weekly's archive of all homicides within Los Angeles city limits was discontinued near the end of last year. We will be rolling out the 2011 homicides, one by one, until our "Murder was the Case" archive is up to date. Thanks for your patience.