Reward Offered in Shooting of Student

PACOIMA (CNS) — Los Angeles police and relatives of a slain 15-year-old boy have announced a $50,000 reward aimed at bringing his killer to justice.

Police said they hope the reward leads to help from the public in identifying the suspects responsible for the shooting death of Willie Barrios at Van Nuys Boulevard and Norris Avenue at about 2:20 a.m. on Oct. 26. Two suspects walked up and shot the victim in what investigators believe is a gang-related attack.

An investigator at the scene said Barrios was shot in the head and a shell casing from a semi-automatic handgun was found there.

The reward is being offered by the Los Angeles City Council for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for killing the teen, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Foothill Area Homicide Detective Michael Berretta or Officer Gabriel Bucknell at (818) 834-3110. To provide anonymous tips, call (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477). You can also text CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone and begin the message with the letters LAPD.