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Local News in Brief : City Offers $10,000 Reward in Killing

The city of Los Angeles is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspects responsible for the shooting death of a South-Central man in February, 1988, police said.

Walter Dirks, 19, was killed while sitting in a friend’s car at 8701 S. Normandie Ave. Dirks had gone to a liquor store with his friend and was waiting outside when a car drove up and parked, police said. At least two men got out of the car and fired several shots, fatally wounding Dirks, investigators said.

Dirks’ friend was believed to be a gang member, detectives said, and the shooting appeared to be a case of mistaken identity. Dirks was the third member of his family to be shot to death in the five months between November, 1987, and April, 1988.

His sister, Peggy Graham, had two sons who were killed by gunfire in separate shooting incidents in South-Central Los Angeles.

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