2 arrested in fatal shooting of father in front of his wife, 2 children at South LA taco stand

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Two arrests have been made in the killing of James Vargas, a 30-year-old father who was shot down in front of his wife and two children after they stopped to get food at a taco stand. in south Los Angeles.

James Vargas – known as “Jimmy” for his family – was shot on November 14 after an armed man approached him and accused him of being a gang member.

Jose Rodriguez, 30, and Eric Sanchez, 31, were remanded in custody Monday, and bail for each of them was set at $ 2 million, prison records show. Further details about the arrests were not immediately revealed.

The shooting took place near the intersection of Central Avenue and 92nd Street. According to James Vargas’ family members, the suspect asked him where he came from – and before Vargas could even answer, the gunman opened fire.

Vargas’ wife, 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were sitting in the family car at the time.

“It’s really unfair for him just to be shot, just randomly, because someone wanted to,” Kamyt Alban, the victim’s cousin, said at a vigil last weekend. “He’s not even gang-affiliated or anything like that.”

At the guard, friends and loved ones gathered at the shooting site to honor the man they described as a devoted father.

“If we can take these evil people off the streets – it does not deserve to roam like that,” said Billy Vargas. “Have some justice, hold the one who did this responsible for this evil deed.”

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Vargas’ wife and children.

Note: The video in the media player above is from a previous report.

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