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Martin Valdovinos, L.A. Homicide No. 24: Man Shot Dead in 'Drug Deal Gone Wrong'

The street where Martin Valdovinos was shot dead

Google MapsThe street where Martin Valdovinos was shot dead

UPDATE: See editor's note below.

By Ryan Deto

A 43-year-old Latino man was shot multiples times on January 28 in the 4400 block of South Towne Avenue. Martin Valdovinos was taken downtown to California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m., according to coroner's records.

The Los Angeles Times reported Valdovinos was shot during a "drug deal gone wrong" and later confirmed that he was the person selling drugs.

 

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.

Editor's note: This story was edited three years after publication, in 2014, to remove a photo and some tangential information that ultimately proved unrelated to the crime. We regret the errors.