Grieving family members gathered outside the 1950s Chips diner in Hawthorne to remember Filimon Lamas, 33, and his 4-year-old son, who were killed in a weekend rampage in which five members of the Inglewood family were shot by a masked gunman believed to be wearing body armor.
Two police departments also announced that they have set up assistance funds for the surviving members.
"This here is our way to reach out and give this beautiful family, the recovering wife, the recovering children a start," said Hawthorne Police Chief Robert Fager. "A start that could be a brighter future down the road, but right now feels like their world is caved in."
Authorities believe that 55-year-old John Moses, who rented a bungalow on the same property as the family, shot the family about 4 a.m. Saturday, then set fire to his own home because he blamed them for his eviction. He was found clutching a revolver with a bullet wound to the head, amid the ashes of his home.
Authorities said parents Lamas and Gloria Jimenez, 28, both tried to protect their four children when the gunshots started.
"He was a hero," his sister Emma Lamas said of Filimon.
Outside the café, surrounded by photos of the family, community leaders and family members recounted stories of a devoted father who gave back to his community. Lamas, a part owner of Chips, received an award from the city of Hawthorne after he donated breakfasts to the city.