See Update No. 4 at the end of this post disclosing Reda Safieddine has been charged with murder and what was used to kill Valle Valeriano.
See Update Nos. 1-3 identifying Safieddine and Valeriano and providing social-network details on the suspected killer.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 3:45 P.M.: A 17-year-old boy was shot to death in the parking lot of a Fountain Valley 7-Eleven this afternoon. Another male, also unidentified, has been detained in the shooting that happened during a fight around 1 p.m. outside the convenience store at 16475 Harbor Blvd.
Fountain Valley police officers dispatched to the scene because of a call about a fight in progress discovered the 17-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The male who is being held is also believed to be in his teens, according to police.
UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 14, 9:55 A.M.: Fountain Valley Police have identified the murder suspect as Reda Safieddine, 18, of Fountain Valley.
Investigators believe Safieddine knew the dead boy, who has only been identified as a Santa Ana 17-year-old pending notification of next of kin. They had been involved in an ongoing dispute that resulted in a fistfight and the 17-year-old being shot in the neck, cops say.
A firearm was recovered at the scene, according to police, who are still fishing for information. Anyone who can help is encouraged to call Fountain Valley Police Detective Dave Steele at 714.593.4465 or the Investigation Bureau at 714.593.4484.
UPDATE NO. 2, AUG. 14, 10:58 A.M.: Someone by the name of Reda Safieddine in Orange County is a DJ who goes by "Big Reda," according to a MySpace page that includes some mixes.
The same fellow's Facebook page identifies him as a 2012 graduate of Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, which is several blocks from the 7-Eleven parking lot where Safieddine was arrested. Los Amigos High's Reda Safieddine made the third quarter honor roll during the 2011-12 school year.
Someone identifying himself as Reda Safieddine of Fountain Valley left this rave review of Smith & Wesson's Extreme Ops Serrated Folding Knife in March 2011:
Pro's: This Knife is Great! I ordered it months ago and have been carrying it as my EDC (Every Day Carry) and it has never let me down. Its very very Durable and sturdy it has never gotten loose at all. I put a 1 1/2 hole threw some drywall with ease and did not even hit it to hard, I could have put the hole blade in the wall if i hit it harder.
The Reda Safieddine Facebook page includes these two favorite quotes:
"Hacking is like sex. You get in, you get out, and hope that you didn't leave something that can be traced back to you."
"I see no changes, wake up in the morning and i ask myself, is life worth living or should i blast myself" - 2pac.
UPDATE NO. 3, AUG. 14, 5:09 P.M.: Fountain Valley Police have identified the murder victim as Valle Valeriano, 17, of Santa Ana.
Cops remain mum on a supposed ongoing dispute between Valeriano and his suspected killer, Reda Safieddine.
UPDATE NO. 4, AUG. 16, 9:56 P.M.: Reda Safieddine has formally been charged with the murder of Valle Valeriano, according to court records.
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The Fountain Valley 18-year-old also faces a count of felony use of a firearm.
What kind of firearm? According to the Fountain Valley Police Department (FVPD), 17-year-old Santa Anan Valeriano was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Safieddine, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is due back in court Sept. 21.