Iran Moreno Balvaneda identified as 13 year old killed by stray bullet – CBS Los Angeles


PASADENA (CBSLA) – Pasadena police identified the 13-year-old, who was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday night, as Iran Moreno Balvaneda. He was playing video games when the bullet went through his window and hit him.

The freshman at Blair High School later died in a nearby hospital.

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“We have a 13-year-old who lost his life last night,” said Pasadena Police Chief John Perez. “He did what 13 year olds do. He was playing video games in his room. “

Local residents have set up a candlelight vigil for Balvaneda on the sidewalk in front of his house.

“The children are good children,” said a neighbor. “I feel sorry for my parents. They are good people. “

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At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, officers received reports of gunfire heard in the 900 block area of ​​N. Raymond Ave. Upon arrival, police were alerted to a house where at least one stray bullet penetrated through the window and hit the teenager while he was playing video games in his room. Officials then tried life-saving measures before the 13-year-old was rushed to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Police do not believe Balvaneda was the intended target.

“He’s an all-A-student, spends all of his time in his room with his family and he’s not there today,” said Perez. “We have to ask ourselves what we, as a community, want to do with gun violence. That has to stop.”

Police said several shots were fired but they are not sure why. The authorities currently have no information on a suspect and are asking the public to assist in the investigation.

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Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241 or report information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).


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