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Teen Charged as an Adult in Killing

Matthew James Zamora is charged with murder in the shooting death of a man in unincorporated Arcadia.

Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old with murder in the .

The Pasadena Star-News reported Matthew James Zamora will be tried as an adult in the death of 24-year-old Joseph Frank Romero.

District attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison told the Star-News that Zamora also faces charges of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and resisting arrest, along with a misdemeanor count of escape from arrest.

The charges include gun use and a gang allegation, Robison added. Zamora is scheduled to appear in court July 11 for arraignment.

The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. in front of a liquor store at Tyler Avenue and Miloann Street in North El Monte, close to the Arcadia border. Romero was taken to a local trauma center, where he later died of his wounds.

Investigators say the two apparently had an altercation about an hour before the shooting occurred.

Zamora, whom authorities arrested Sunday morning, remains in custody in lieu of $3.3 million bail.

Peacetrain June 22, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Why is the location reported as Unincorporated Arcadia? Unincoporated portions sections in the San Gabriel Valley is Los Angeles County, protected by L.A. County Sheriff. The end of this report, you correctly report it, "...in front of a liquor store at Tyler Avenue and Miloann Street in North El Monte, ..." but your opening gives the impression that this shooting took place in Arcadia. In the past year, Arcadia has been menioned as the site of killings when they took place in the unincorporated area. I think the better description would have been "Unincorporated near El Monte".
Todd June 22, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Get over the location you dork. It is an Arcadia mailing address in an unincorporated portion of Los Angeles county. We all happy now?
Peacetrain June 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Todd, why so angry and insulting?
johny cash August 26, 2012 at 07:24 AM
HE WAS A GOOD HOMIE AND A GOOD FATHER... HE HAD A BEAUTIFUL TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND A WONDERFUL FOUR YEAR OLD SUN WHEN HE PASTED HE LEFT US TOO SOON REST IN PEACE JOE (BLUE) ROMERO.. WMY

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