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Funeral Held Today for Slain 19-Year-Old Explorer Volunteer

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Funeral services are being held this morning for 19-year-old Cesar Rodriguez, a volunteer with the L.A. County Sheriff Department's Explorer program, reports the Daily News.

Rodriguez was killed at about 3:30 a.m. on August 28. He and a friend were standing outside a residence in Whittier when a gray Scion pulled up and the driver fired several shots from a handgun, striking the two men. Both Rodriguez and his friend, 24-year-old Larry Villegas, died at the scene.

L.A. Now reported at the time that it was unclear what the motivation for the killing was, and arrests have still not been made in connection to the shooting.

The Explorer program is set up to introduce interested young people to a career in law enforcement. Rodriguez had been part of the program for four years, and hoped to become a deputy. He would have been eligible when he turned 20.

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Funeral services began at 9:00 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.