Help Solve The Murder of Ricardo Trujillo – Reward announced
Family Seeks Public’s Help To Solve The Murder of Ricardo Trujillo; Detectives Announce $15K Reward
On Monday, February 7, 2022, Homicide Bureau detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference to announce a $10,000 reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Ricardo Trujillo Ramirez. Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell sponsored a $10K reward and, during the press conference, Colonel Jack E. Thomas III, United States Cadet Corps, added $5K to the reward.
On Friday, September 24, 2021, at approximately 11:50 p.m., 16 year-old Ricardo Trujillo Ramirez was leaving a party with his friends near the 1900 block of Pine Street in the city of Compton, when they were confronted by a group of individuals and a large fight took place. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot Ricardo in the upper torso. Although paramedics arrived at the location rather quickly, Ricardo sadly succumbed to his injuries.
Ricardo was a junior at Narbonne High School in Harbor City. The Lomita resident enjoyed playing soccer, swimming and fishing. Ricardo’s dream was to be a drone pilot for the Air Force and he was on the right path, as he was a member of the ROTC and the Junior Navy Program for almost eight years.
“It’s not easy to get up every morning knowing that he is no longer here because one person decided to take his life. I demand justice because my life is pointless without him. I’m asking people for help. Even the littlest of information may be of great help to them. He wanted to join the army for four years and after those four years, he wanted to be part of the DEA, I want to be a police officer, I want to be someone big because I have the instinct of helping people and I want you to be proud of me.’ Although he didn’t accomplished any of that, I’m always proud and will always be proud of him. On October the 8th, he was going to receive an award for his eight years as a Cadet in the ARMY,” said Norma Ramirez, Ricardo’s mom, in Spanish.
Colonel Jack E. Thomas III, United States Cadet Corps, had some touching words about Ricardo: “I did know Ricardo for seven years and he was an excellent student. Not only did the coward that shot him took his life, but he weakened the nation. Ricardo was going to be a ranger. Yes, he was training to be a ranger and a lot of people don’t make it but the persons who were training him, my staff members, who are also special forces, said he had the aptitude to become one of them. So my program is going to add $5,000 to the 10 ($10,000 reward).”
This generous contribution by Mr. Thomas increased the reward from $10,000 to $15,000 in exchange for any information that will lead to those responsible for the murder of Ricardo.
If you have information about Ricardo’s senseless murder, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or if you prefer to provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile App on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/.