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Juan David Vasquez Loma -- Pizza Delivery Boy in Silver Lake, Sending Money Back to Mexico -- Expected to Die After Road-Rage Shooting

[Update: LAPD Detective Larry Burcher tells the Weekly that as of Tuesday night, Loma has been declared brain-dead, though he's still hooked up to the breathing machine. Burcher says the hospital is "working with the Mexican consulate, trying to get his mother up here from Mexico" before anything is made official. But the case is being treated as a homicide, and Burcher says detectives are "working on some information" they've received in connection to the case. Godspeed.]

Updated after the jump with reaction from the owner of trendy, well-loved El Chavo restaurant in Silver Lake, where Loma worked as a busser.

Originally posted August 8 at 9 a.m.

CBS2 aired an awful story last night on the seemingly random, near-death shooting of 23-year-old L.A. resident Juan David Vasquez Loma, who friends identified as just David Vasquez but who goes by Juan David Loma on Facebook.

He's described as a friendly, hardworking employee of both El Chavo restaurant and Garage Pizza in Silver Lake. Co-workers at Garage told CBS2 reporters that Loma had been sending money back to his family in Mexico, and was saving up to move back himself. But after the shooting Sunday morning, Loma's family members are now reportedly on their way...

... to the County/USC Medical Center, where the victim is on life support.

City News Service reports that Loma was driving a couple colleagues home from Garage, a popular post-bar munchie stop located along Sunset Boulevard and open until 4 a.m., when someone in what was possibly a green Honda pulled up next to his Chevy truck and shot him through the head.

The shooting was reported at 5:08 a.m. in a nice neighborhood on the border of Silver Lake and Echo Park, at the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and West Scott Place. Sources tell CBS2 "that the shooting suspects are a man and a woman who were driving in a dark-colored four door sedan."

Detective Larry Burcher at the LAPD's Northeast Division says he believes the shooting was a "road rage incident," and that there is "no reason to believe [the shooter and victim] knew each other." He says Loma is still on life support at the hospital, but is not expected to survive.

As for the two passengers in Loma's truck: "We have spoken with them but we're keeping that information confidential," says Burcher.

Footage of Loma's workplace and shocked co-workers:

Did you know Juan David Vasquez Loma? Or were you out in Silver Lake/Echo Park on Saturday night, and see anything suspicious? Let us know.

Update: Here's a reaction statement from El Chavo owner Melanie 
Tusquellas, as well as information on how to donate money to Loma's family in this difficult time.

El
 Chavo
 Restaurant
 is
 deeply
 saddened
 by
 the
 senseless
 and
 violent
 crime
committed 
against
 fellow
 co‐worker 
and
 long
time
 employee
 Juan
 David 
Vasquez 
Loma. ...

Juan
 is
 a well‐liked
 co‐worker,
 compadre
 and
 friend.
 He
 is
 a
 kind
 and
 thoughtful
person 
and 
diligent
 worker.
 Juan
 works
 2
 full‐time 
jobs
 and
 regularly
 sends 
funds 
home 
to 
his 
family 
in
 Mexico 
City.

We 
ask 
that
 anyone
 with 
information 
that 
can 
help 
in 
the 
capture 
of 
the
 criminals
 who
 committed
 this
 act
 to
 please
 call
 Northeast
 homicide
 detectives 
at 
(213)
 847‐4261.

A victim's
 fund
 has
 been
 established
 to
 help
 with
 associated
 medical
 costs 
and
potential
 bereavement
 cost
 for 
Juan
 David
 and
 his 
family.
 Donations
 can
 be
 made
 via
 check
 or
 cash
 to
 any
 Citibank
 branch
 or
 dropped
 off
 at
 El
 Chavo 
Restaurant
 or
 Garage
Pizza 
to 
the
:

Juan 
David
 Vasquez 
Loma 
Victims
 Fund


Citibank
 account
 # 20420419

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