MONROVIA – Police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s department officials met Thursday regarding their investigation into the death of a young man shot April 29 in downtown Monrovia’s Library Park. Jorge Jose Rostran, 23, of Monrovia, was found shot twice lying on a picnic table in the park in the 100 block of Lime Avenue around 1:47 a.m., said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Hinkle. The shooting happened after a fight believed to have started in the 4th Dimension nightclub in the 300 block of Myrtle Avenue across the street from the park. Rostran died two hours later while undergoing surgery at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. No suspects in the case have yet been identified, Hinkle said. “We’re very hopeful,” said Hinkle, referring to the meeting. “That’s about all I can say at this point.” Detectives from Monrovia did not return calls for this article. The afternoon meeting at the Police Department was scheduled with his partner Detective Elizabeth Smith and Monrovia detectives to discuss new leads and a general game plan, he said. “This is going to take a lot of old-fashioned leg work,” Hinkle said. “Our next steps will come from people we talk to from a list we compiled after the murder.” Any assistance from the public is welcome, he said. Hinkle said sheriff’s detectives were called in to assist the local police as a “matter of resources, time and manpower. “Monrovia has often handled their own homicide investigations without the help of sheriffs,” he said. “They’re outstanding detectives, but in this case their department decided it would be appropriate to seek assistance.” Participants from the Relay for Life event sponsored by the American Cancer Society held that weekend in the park would possibly be among those interviewed in the course of the investigation. A notice on the American Cancer Society’s Web site alerted participants that the organization may be required to a provide a list of their names. Tony Pogosya, 47, owner of Tony’s Shoe Repair at 112 W. Lime St., across from the crime scene, said he’s never seen anything like the murder in his 18 years in business. “I have never heard of anything so stupid,” he said. Pogosya said the area was an active crime scene when he came to work that Sunday morning around 7 a.m. “I felt so bad. I tried to hug the victim’s sister,” he said. “We should try to understand each other and respect each other.” Meantime, Veronica Panuco, 24, Rostran’s live-in girlfriend, said she was struggling to come to terms with the young construction worker’s death. “We lived together with his mother so I’m used to seeing him every day and now he’s gone,” she said in a telephone interview. “I still can’t believe it.” Rostran’s mother is inconsolable, said Panuco. “She isn’t talking to anyone,” she said. “She’s just really mad.” Panuco said she went to Rostran’s viewing Monday at a local mortuary. There will be no funeral, she said. Anyone with information regarding the shooting should call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. [email protected] 626-578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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