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01/10/2012 12:21 pm ET Updated Mar 11, 2012

Danilo Estuerdo Morales Fatally Shot When Trying To Save Grandfather From Robbery Attempt (VIDEO)

A North Hollywood, Calif. family is in mourning after a young man was fatally shot trying to save his grandfather from an attempted robbery.

At around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, 68-year-old Manuel Flores had just returned home from the store and was walking to his front door when three men jumped out of an SUV and pushed him to the ground, stealing his wallet and some jewelry.

The three robbers fired a shot and Flores shouted for help, and that's when 24-year-old Danile Estuerdo Morales ran out of the family home to see what the commotion was about. Morales ran toward the three men in their vehicle as they were getting away and managed to break open a rear window when he was shot.

Paramedics rushed Flores to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Police are now on the lookout for three young Latino men aged 15-20 and a white or light-colored Mitsubishi Montero SUV with a broken rear window.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to the Huffington Post that the man who was killed was trying to save his grandfather from a robbery, and the investigation is ongoing. Earlier reports from other outlets mistakenly referred to a man saving his father from a robbery.

In KTLA's exclusive interview with Morales' family, aunt Marta Flores said that the family is "broken" and in shock. "They took a piece of our heart, and it's never gonna be replaced," said Flores.

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