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Man Attacked In Hollywood After Sunset Strip Music Festival Dies

Hollywood and Highland (Photo by KingoftheHill. via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A man who was attacked seemingly without provocation in Hollywood last month has died from his injuries, and police are searching for his killer. Louie Rodriguez, 54, was riding a scooter on September 21 around 12:40 a.m. after attending the Sunset Strip Music Festival, LAPD said in a statement. (The statement called the festival the ‘Hollywood Music Festival,’ but a lieutenant told LAWeekly the release most likely meant the Sunset Strip Music Festival in WeHo.) He was near Hollywood and Highland when a man came up and punched him, then fled. Rodriguez fell backwards and hit his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but died of his injuries yesterday.

Police don't know why Rodriguez was attacked. They believe the attack may have been random, and that the suspect may have picked fights with or harassed other people that night.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, about 23 years old, 6 feet tall, lean, with both ears gauged.

Anyone with information should call the West Bureau Homicide Detectives Fernando Rivas or Jose Robledo at 213-382-9470, or 877-527-3247.

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Update, Thursday, October 16:
L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has suggested a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rodriguez' killer, NBC LA reports. Police firmly believe that someone must have seen something. They have also released a photo of three men they are looking for (below). Anonymous tips can be provided by calling 800-222-TIPS.

Police are looking for these men (Photo via LAPD)

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