Daniel Diaz, Youth Pastor, Shot Dead Hours After Prayer Rally Against Gun Violence In Pomona, Calif.

Youth Pastor Fatally Shot Hours After Prayer Rally Against Gun Violence

Youth pastor Daniel Diaz, 33, was driving home from a church party with friends when he was shot and killed by an unidentified assailant in Pomona, Calif.

The shooting occurred just hours after a peace and prayer rally was held by community leaders against gun violence.

Diaz, a youth minister at New Beginning Community Ministries Church in Baldwin Park, was much beloved in his community, who gathered on Tuesday night at a memorial vigil for him.

His mother tearfully said, "To the person who did this, if I could see you face to face, I would tell you that God loves you. And if you knew my son, my son would have loved you."

His girlfriend, Denise Lugo, said, "Daniel was wonderful. I loved him very much. I’m just brokenhearted, right now. I hurt so bad.”

A motive has not yet been released, and CBS Los Angeles reported that the police have no suspects.

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