A murdered photographer’s family is appealing to the public for help as they search for the sniper that killed Jason Cortez in a Los Angeles’s Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.
The recently married 29-year-old Cortez was in LA to take some pictures for a friend’s project when a sniper who was reportedly hiding in a nearby bush according to a witness account shot him. Unlike some of the other incidents we’ve covered targeting photographers in California, there is no apparent motive in this case according to ABC 7.
The eyewitness contacted the LAPD the day of the shooting and a sketch of the suspect was drawn up but leads in the case have largely gone cold. This has prompted Cortez’s family to appeal to the public for help if they have any information at all about this case. There’s also a $USD 50,000 reward for information about Cortez’s killer.
“Jason was not only my husband and an amazing son and brother and loyal friend … But now it's the first I'll celebrate without him in seven years…Jason's family and I are desperate for answers and we need your help. We need to know who did this and why. We need to understand what happened,” Cortez’s wife Corina Solorzano told the press.
Anyone with information can contact LAPD Detective Abundis at (213) 386-8700 or via the LA Crimestoppers website.
As we’ve reported here on numerous occasions over 2021, California seems to be like a pretty dangerous place for photographers. Stay safe out there, folks.
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