$10K reward offered for death of 13-year-old Pasadena boy hit by stray bullet

Iran Moreno Balvaneda, pictured in this undated photo, was hit and killed by a stray bullet on November 20, 2021. (Pasadena Police Department)

The City of Pasadena is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of a 13-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet.

The tragedy occurred just after 6:10 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the 900 block of Raymond Avenue, the Pasadena Police Department said in a press release.

Iran Moreno Balvaneda was playing video games in his room when gunshots erupted outside the house. One of the bullets pierced the room and hit him.

Balvaneda’s family, who were home at the time of the shooting, found him and called for help.

‘It sounded like fireworks’ recalled Iran’s niece, Maria Balvaneda, describes the sound of gunshots. “But then me, Mom and Dad were like, it was kind of close.”

Relatives say the teen collapsed in the living room and his father held him in his arms as loved ones called 911.

Police arrived and immediately began life-saving measures against the unresponsive boy, after which paramedics rushed him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The teen was not the intended target, authorities said. Three to five shots were fired near the family’s home.

“Pasadena Police Homicide Detectives work hard to follow up on all investigative leads during their criminal investigation, and the public plays a critical role in the investigative process,” the press release said. “Information gathered from previous investigations from the public has been instrumental in helping law enforcement bring those responsible to justice on behalf of all victims.”

Iran was a true A student at Blair Middle School, where he was in eighth grade. He loved basketball and football, his family said.

“He had a bright future ahead of him,” said Balvaneda.

In December 2020, the Pasadena City Council established a Compensation Fund to encourage witnesses to violent crimes to come forward and provide information that could potentially aid in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or at their website. Information may also be directed to Lieutenant Keith Gomez of the violent crimes of the Pasadena Police Department
Section at 626-744-4517.

The City of Pasadena is offering a $10k reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the 13-year-old’s murder.

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