Detectives seeking assistance in slaying of father in South L.A.

Robert J. Lopez
LA Times blog
Jan 24, 2011

Police detectives Monday night were seeking the public's help in the slaying of a 46-year-old man in South Los Angeles.

Andrew Todd Cherry was found Monday afternoon by family members inside his one-bedroom apartment in the 1400 block of West 53rd Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Family members had become concerned after Cherry failed to show up in the morning to visit his two children several blocks away, Det. Chris Barling told The Times. He declined to say how Cherry was killed.

"There are no indications our victim was a gang member," Barling said, adding that investigators had not determined a motive.

Since January 2007, at least 135 homicides have been reported within a two-mile radius of Monday's crime scene, according to a database compiled by The Times' Homicide Report. Nearly all the victims died from gunshot wounds.

Anyone with information regarding Cherry's killing is asked to call LAPD 77th Street Station detectives at (213) 485-1383 or (877) LAPD 24-7.