MALIBU : No Leads in Slayings of 2 Brothers, Deputies Say

Two young men found shot to death in a state park were identified as brothers from El Salvador but there were no leads on who killed them, authorities said Monday.

Luis Molina, 19, and Mauricio Molina, 23, were found dead Friday in a creek bed at Malibu Creek State Park. Both were shot once in the head with a small-caliber handgun. One was also shot in the back.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators were unable to identify the two until their aunt saw a television broadcast describing the jewelry they were wearing, said Deputy Brian Jones.

Although they were carrying identification when they were last seen alive, it was not found on the bodies, he said. The two were day laborers originally from El Salvador who did not speak English, Jones said.


The two men, who lived in Northridge since coming to the United States about two years ago, were last known to have been seen Aug. 25 driving an unidentified uncle to his workplace, he said.

The car has since disappeared, Jones said. Investigators were seeking information on the vehicle, described as a brown 1981 Chevrolet Chevette, license plate number 1DHD502.

Jones said the two frequented the Malibu area. They had no criminal histories and no apparent involvement in drugs, he said.