On Friday, authorities revealed the name of a good samaritan who had been fatally shot earlier in the week while trying to intervene in a crime.
The good samaritan, 31 year-old Alejandro Sanchez-Torrez of Canyon Country, California, was taking his young son trick-or-treating on Monday at a local strip mall when he saw somebody who needed help, according to CBS2's video report. Using a baseball bat that had been taken along as part of his son's costume, Sanchez-Torrez approached a group of four teens attempting to rob one man. One of the teens pulled out a gun and shot Sanchez-Torrez in the chest. The robbery target was shot in the thigh.
Both Sanchez-Torrez and the robbery target were taken to the hospital, where Sanchez-Torrez died later that day, reports the Los Angeles Times. The other victim was treated and released later that night.
A press release from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department reveals that the robbery victim had arranged to meet the group of teens in order to sell them a Nintendo DS Game System. The teens decided to rob him instead of paying for the gaming system, and that's when Sanchez-Torrez stepped in.
While all of the teens who were on the scene were detained at first, only one currently faces charges. A 17 year-old boy (whose name won't be released because he's a minor) faces murder charges and is being held at a Los Angeles County Juvenile Detention facility.
The day after Sanchez-Torrez was shot, police still hadn't notified the next of kin about his death. Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the LA County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times, "we have very little information on the victim... It was bizarre and very sad."
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office told the Huffington Post on Friday that all of Sanchez-Torrez's family (not including minors) were located outside the United States. This could have prolonged the release of his name, as authorities make sure to tell the next of kin before releasing this information to the public.