Eduardo Escobedo, 39-years-old, better known by his nickname, “El Mago” or “The Magician,” was found dead from gunshot wounds outside an industrial building in Willowbrook, which is located in Los Angeles County, California. Police say that Escobedo was attending a party when the incident occurred. Another male was found dead beside him, 47-year-old Guillermo De Los Angeles Jr. A third victim was also found but was able to survive and is recuperating from his injuries at hospital in the area.
Escobedo is a convicted drug trafficker and was released from prison in 2018 after being convicted of drug and money laundering charges. He was the primary distributor of marijuana for Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar, the son of Sinaloa Cartel kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. El Chapo is currently serving out a life sentence for his crimes at a maximum-security prison in Colorado, while his son is still at large and is one of Mexico’s most wanted men. During the time of Escobedo’s arrest, police found a ton of marijuana at the house where he was in.
Escobedo was also responsible for shipping and smuggling luxury goods and vehicles to the cartel’s headquarters in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa. Born in the United States, he was also said to have been involved in the shooting and killing of a rival drug dealer in 2008. He was not charged, but his brother and another accomplice were charged for the crime and are serving life sentences in prison.
Lt. Omar Camacho of the LA County’s Sheriff’s Department told news outlets that deputies were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. Camacho said that a party or gathering of some sort was happening when the murder occurred.
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