After Arguing With 2 Over Noise, Man Is Beaten to Death

A man getting into his car to go to work Wednesday was attacked and beaten to death by two men whose drinking and gunplay he had interrupted earlier in the morning, authorities said.

Jose Hurtago, 44, was awakened about 2 a.m. by some men listening to loud music from their car radio, drinking beer and firing a gun into the air behind his home near Lockwood and Vermont avenues, across from Los Angeles City College, Lt. Rob Watters said.

“He was just a regular working guy with a family, and he got into an argument. There was no real fight but lots of shouting, and then he went back to bed,” Watters said.

Hurtago left for work about 5 a.m. and walked out to his car, Watters said. When he was about to open the door, two men jumped him.


Hurtago fled down Lockwood, but the men caught him and beat him to death, Watters said.

Detectives learned the identity of the two suspects, who lived nearby, and were seeking them, Watters said. Their names were not immediately available.