Van Buren Place Neighbor Murdered


Maria Elena Rivas Lomeli, a long-time resident of the 2600 block of Van Buren Place, was murdered around 6:10 pm December 22 by an assailant on Adams Blvd. just east of Catalina Street. Our information at this time is that she was accosted by a man on a bicycle while walking back from the Ralphs market at Adams and Vermont Avenue. He stabbed her and she died on the sidewalk. She leaves behind her sister, Rosa Contreras and other relatives at their home on Van Buren Place. She was 62 at the time of her death.

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