Duarte man charged with murder

Duarte man charged with murder
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Duarte resident Gabriel Alejandro De La Torre was allegedly shot by Luis Valdes-Santillan on Friday night. (Photo via GoFundMe.)

A Duarte man suspected in the slaying of his neighbor faces eight felony counts related to the incident, officials said Wednesday.

Suspect Luis Valdes-Santillan Tuesday did not enter a plea at his scheduled arraignment in Alhambra.

Valdes-Santillan is next due in court on Sept. 13. He is being held on $4.3 million bail.

Valdes-Santillan allegedly shot Duarte resident Gabriel Alejandro De La Torre at a backyard party. The party took place Friday night. According to Lt. Eddie Hernandez, De La Torre and Valdes-Santillan lived in separate homes on the same lot. The two men got in an argument, and Valdes-Santillan reportedly retrieved a gun from his home prior to the shooting.

Car chase

De La Torre died at the scene. Valdes-Santillan left the scene of the shooting in a white pick-up truck, authorities said.

Deputies chased the suspect who was traveling east on the 210 Freeway. Valdes-Santillan surrendered to deputies on the Azusa Avenue offramp, according to Hernandez.

Funds to benefit De La Torre’s family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/2ksz74hg.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story said Valdes-Santillan entered a plea. His arraignment was continued. No plea was entered. 

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