SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (KTLA) -- A $50,000 reward was announced Tuesday for information in the murder of restaurant worker and father of five.
Raul Lopez was shot and killed around 11:10 p.m. on June 29th outside the restaurant where he worked in the 14500 block of Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.
"He was a very responsible man," his oldest son, Melesio Lopez, said. "He loved his family... and I just want justice."
Police have released surveillance images of two suspects, both African-American males over 6 feet tall, with gold teeth and dreadlocks.
The pair was with three other men when police say they walked into Hoagies & Wings, where Raul worked as a cook.
The men ordered food, and it was apparently taking too long to prepare.
"At least one of the men in the group started to argue with restaurant staff. It started to escalate from there," said LAPD Det. James Nuttall.
"The longer it takes to get the food, the situation starts to deteriorate," Nuttall said.
Police say the group of men began hurling racial slurs at the restaurant's employees, prompting other customers to leave and prompting Raul to escort them out.
As Raul was walking back inside the restaurant, police say one of the men pulled out a gun and shot him.
"He's just out doing an honest day's work, trying to do the right thing, escorting them from the restaurant to diffuse the situation and puts himself in harm's way," Nuttall said.
Detectives say the men, who took off in a black Escalade, are quite distinctive in their looks.
All are African-American and between 6 feet and 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing upwards of 350 pounds.
Police are hoping that description will help someone identify the men and bring justice to the wife and five children now left without a father.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (818) 374-9500.
A bank account has been set up for anyone who wants to donate to Raul Lopez's family.
The account is at Bank of America under Guadalupe Lopez, account number: 164107764046.
$50,000 Reward in Sherman Oaks Restaurant Murder
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