AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Just before 10 p.m. June 1, she said, she heard a knock at her front door in the 7800 block of Vicki Drive. Michael had just awakened from a nap, had washed his face and gone back into his bedroom in the garage. The family’s white Shih-Tzu puppy, Buddy, began barking; Christina wondered what was agitating the dog. As she opened her front door, a man stood in her front yard. He wore dark clothing and a baseball cap. “Is Michael here?” he asked. “Yes,” said Christina. “And you are?” “James,” the man said. He grinned. Thinking he must be a friend, Christina Reynoso called her son to the door. But something did not feel right, she said. She waited in the kitchen, pressing an ear to the door and hoping a friendly conversation was going on. She wanted the bad feeling she had to subside. That’s when she heard the three loud pops. “I ran to the door. My son was slumped in the corner of the front porch,” she said. He had been shot in the face and chest. She called 9-1-1: “My son has been shot! My son has been shot!” she told a dispatcher. Then she dropped the phone and rushed back to Michael. By now a few neighbors who heard the shots had reached the young man. “You’re going to be OK, Michael. Stay with us,” they told him. Others jumped into their cars and tried to follow the fleeing gunman, who had left in an unknown vehicle. Christina Reynoso cradled Michael in her arms. He was struggling to breathe. “Michael, it’s OK. Mom’s here,” she said. As she waited for paramedics, Reynoso said she prayed to God for a miracle. She was covered in his blood. Minutes later, inside the ambulance, Michael’s heart stopped beating. Christina Reynoso has not been back to her house since. Police last Thursday said they have no suspects, only a scant description of the gunman – a man in his 20s. Investigators said Michael was not in a gang. They have no motive so far for his killing. Reynoso said her son recently got his driver’s license, his brother Noah had given him a car and he recently got a warehouse job through a temp service – all signs of a young man moving into adulthood, his mother said. On his first day of work at the warehouse, Christina woke him up at 4 a.m. He did a little shuffle step when his mom handed him a bagged lunch to take to work. He did that walk whenever he was happy, she said. Staying in shape by lifting weights and pounding a punching bag, Michael Reynoso occasionally got into fights in his neighborhood to protect his two sisters, his mother said. “He was the king of our little block,” Christina Reynoso said. “He was a very special son. He looked up to his big brother very much and had a good heart. “He was a warrior and our hero,” Reynoso added. “He will be missed beyond measure.” A memorial service for Michael Reynoso will be held at 5:30 tonight at the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Good Shepherd Family Bible Church, 6712 S. Washington Ave., Whittier. Donations to the family can be made by calling Rose Hernandez at Good Shepherd Family Bible Church at (562) 945-5522. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER – Christina Reynoso remembers dancing with her son Michael one afternoon, snapping her fingers and shuffling her feet to the rap music playing in his room. She remembers how he smiled and laughed that day, his honey-colored eyes shining, as he two-stepped with her. But she also remembers the three loud pops – the gunshots that killed her 18-year-old son last week. “He loved his momma. He was the baby, spoiled from birth,” Christina Reynoso said through tears Wednesday.
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