Family and friends held a vigil in Rancho Palos Verdes to remember Taylor Raven Whittaker, 26, and Jorge Ramos, 36, who were shot to death in a targeted attack. The victims were found dead in a bullet-riddled car in the parking lot of Pelican Cove Park. Whittaker was described as kind, compassionate, and funny, while Ramos was remembered as a loving person. The Pasadena Police Department announced the arrest of six gang members in connection with the shooting death of another man, and authorities believe the suspects may also be connected to the double homicide of Whittaker and Ramos. shooting/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Myja Gary,John Fenoglio reported
Taylor Whittaker was known for her kindness, compassion, and zest for life. She was described by her friend and colleague, Jerrica Williams, as a free spirit who was always willing to lend a helping hand. “She had a great sense of humor and could always make people laugh,” Williams said. Georgia Hubbard, another friend of Whittaker’s, added, “Raven would light up the room.”
Authorities from the Pasadena Police Department recently announced the arrest of six gang members in connection with a shooting death on July 22. Detectives believe these suspects may also be linked to the double homicide of Whittaker and Ramos. The July 22 shooting involved the death of Jesse Munoz and a female friend, who were ambushed while watching the sunrise. The suspects opened fire on Munoz’s car in what appears to be a botched robbery. While the female passenger survived, Munoz tragically lost his life.
Authorities suspect that the six arrested individuals, believed to be members of a criminal gang, have a pattern of targeting victims in secluded areas with poor cellular signal. They are also investigating the suspects’ possible involvement in other armed robberies in Los Angeles County.
At this time, three of the six suspects have been arraigned on robbery charges, while the other three have been released from custody. No murder charges have been filed yet, but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is reviewing the case for potential additional charges.
The vigil for Whittaker and Ramos was filled with love and support from family and friends. As balloons were released into the air, the crowd shouted, “We love you Raven!”