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Ventura County

Investigators Seek Clues in Slaying

Jordan Daniel Le Grand, 23, was shot inside the Thousand Oaks home where he rented a room.

January 08, 2003|Amanda Covarrubias | Times Staff Writer

Deputies combed property next to a Christmas tree farm Tuesday, searching for clues in the slaying of a 23-year-old Thousand Oaks man.

Jordan Daniel Le Grand was found with a single gunshot wound to his chest Monday night at his home at 1588 Pederson Road, said Senior Deputy Lee Morris, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Deputies said Le Grand rented a room on the second floor of the house, one of several structures on the compound next to the Moorpark Freeway.

Investigators released few details about the killing.

Le Grand's father, John Le Grand, said his son had lived at the house about four months. "Life was just getting going for him. He was such a good boy. He liked his job. He was nothing but positive."

Jordan Le Grand, who worked as a tow-truck driver for Sierra Towing in Westlake Village, had told his brothers that he wanted to move out of the house because he was "displeased with the environment," John Le Grand said.

Deputies were called to the house shortly after 11 p.m. and found the wounded man. He died about 55 minutes later at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Morris said. An autopsy confirmed his death was a homicide, said Deputy Medical Examiner Mike Feiler.

Deputies would not say who called them or whether any other residents were home at the time.

Le Grand had arrived home shortly before the shooting after having dinner and spending the evening at his parents' home in Thousand Oaks, his father said.

He apparently was shot as he walked downstairs after getting ready for bed, his father said. He crawled back up to his room and got his handgun, John Le Grand said.

The victim was the middle of three sons, who attended Thousand Oaks High School and grew up playing Little League baseball in the Conejo Valley.

The slaying was the second in Ventura County this year. Valerie Zavala, 19, was killed New Year's Day in Fillmore.

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