A relative of 15-year-old Michael Joseph Lezay emailed me the following:
Michael was a much loved, cousin, son, brother and grandson. He was raised in Echo Park, by a very tight-knit family, of Slavic and Latino descent. Michael was loved for his self-deprecating humor, his wit and love of family. I wonder if the shooter actually understood exactly who he killed on that day? Did he think it was just a fifteen year old boy who just happened to be an easy target? Did he think no one would take notice and just chalk it up to another victim of gang violence? We hope Michael's killer is caught soon. We encourage anyone who has any information about Michael's death to contact the LAPD.
Driving in the vicinty of the shooting earlier today -- the streets were quiet, shady. Kids played outdoors at the Montessori school. No one else seemed to be out of doors, as was typical midday. I saw the shrine in the alley. I would have missed it if I hadn't known to look.