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Craigslist Meet-Up Ended L.A.'s 10-Day Homicide-less Streak

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For a city of this size, not having a homicide reported for 10 days is quite the feat, but the streak didn't last.

Authorities reported that a father responding to an ad on Craigslist was killed in front of his 15-year old son who suffered a graze wound. According to NBC4:

The father — identified as Rene Balbuena — was responding to a Craigslist ad with his son about 7 p.m. Saturday. Balbuena was there to buy a cellphone, according to authorities. Investigators believe Balbuena and his son knocked on a door thinking they were meeting the party who posted the advertisement, but were told to go away.

The pair was sitting in a car at 92nd Street and Gramercy Place in South Los Angeles when two men -- believed to be those who posted the ad -- walked up and opened fire into the car, investigators said.

As we reported over the weekend, the 41-year old father of two was shot three times in the upper torso and taken to California Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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According to NBC4, a neighbor rushed out after she heard the shots to tell the boy that she called 911. "He said, 'Please lady, tell me my daddy is going to be alright,'" she told NBC4.

The suspects remain at large.