"Never forgotten": Heroic Samaritan killed while trying to stop a kidnapping
Los Angeles, California - A 42-year-old hero lost his life when he tried to save a young woman from being kidnapped by her aggressive ex-boyfriend.
Violent offender Shane Winfield Rayment went to his former girlfriend's North Hollywood apartment on June 6 and a heated argument broke out, a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office detailed.
Rayment then allegedly attempted to abduct his ex, according to CBS Los Angeles.
That's when 42-year-old Roberto Fletes-Conejo, a family friend of the woman, became aware of the situation and stepped in.
After the deadly gunfire, Rayment forced his ex-girlfriend into a pickup truck and sped away. She has since been identified by police as 31-year-old Jenny Marie Downes.
Fletes-Conejo was quickly taken to a local hospital, but didn't survive.
Two days after the brutal incident, Rayment was pulled over and arrested by police in Hemet. Jenny Downes was also in the car.
She was injured but alive.
Roberto Fletes-Conejo is being remembered as a hero
In a new development, there are also up to four other suspects in the case, one male and three females. They were all allegedly with Rayment during the time of the kidnapping.
"It's especially tragic when a good Samaritan becomes a victim," District Attorney George Gascón said. "I send my heartfelt condolences to his family. Mr. Fletes will always be remembered for his heroic actions on behalf of another."
Fletes-Conejo' family has since created a GoFundMe page. Their beloved "Clumzy" is remembered as a "big teddy bear that would lend a helping hand if you needed it."
Cover photo: LAPD