Police continue to comb neighborhoods and other locations in search of breakthrough clues to solve three different male killings in Pacoima. But there is now an added public incentive in the form of large monetary rewards — $50,000 each for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the murders of Davon Pledger, Omar Medina and Michael Kelly.
The rewards are being offered by the Los Angeles City Council.
Pledger, 26, was standing outside a friend’s residence in the 13200 block of Cornelius Street at about 10:40 p.m. on May 9 when three men inside a dark-colored sedan shot him several times.
“Detectives are continuing to investigate, but have not identified any leads,” LAPD officials said in a statement.
Medina, 27, was at a party near Montague Street and Telfair Avenue at 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 when he was confronted and assaulted by a group of men. According to the police report, three of the men produced handguns and fatally shot Medina.
On Feb. 15, 2019, Kelly was found shot and killed at about 8 p.m. in the 12800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard. According to investigators. Kelly, 18, was walking with a friend when they were approached by two suspects in a dark-colored sedan. One asked Kelly if he “banged” — slang for being in a gang — and he said no. Still, a suspect in the front passenger seat produced a gun and fatally shot the teenager.
Police do believe all three shootings were gang-related even though the victims seem randomly selected.
Family members of the victims are pleading with the public to come forward and provide needed information to help police identify suspects.
“We home-schooled all three of our children to keep them from a lot of the bad influences that are out there. And yet you still never know what can happen on just a rainy night … getting off the bus with a friend and being approached by someone in car, and then they just start shooting,” said Kelly’s father during an emotionally charged press conference.
“We just ask for your help. It’s been a year and a half and we won’t stop until we see justice.”
Pledger’s mother described her son was “the kindest person ever,” and that he lived for his two little boys “just as well as I lived for him.”
She urged anyone who knows anything about the shooting to contact police.
“Do not be afraid: Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, whomever (saw) it, whoever has a child, a grandchild, put yourself in my shoes, see how I feel,” she said.
Anyone with information on any of the cases was urged to call LAPD Valley Bureau homicide detectives at (818) 374-9550; (877) LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
City News Service contributed to this report.