David Mendez

Two men found dead at Torrance Beach ID’d

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Police confer on a bike path near the site of two men found dead on Torrance Beach on Aug. 30. Photo by David Mendez

Causes of death for Rodriguez, 30, and Alarid, 22, still unclear

by David Mendez

Two men that were found dead on Torrance Beach last week have been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. However, the circumstances around the men’s deaths remain unclear.

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Brian Rodriguez, 30, of Redondo Beach and believed transient Daniel Pedro Alarid, 22, were named as the deceased by the Coroner’s Office on Sept. 3. The causes of their deaths are pending further investigation.

According to Torrance Police Department Sgt. Alexander Martinez, police were called to Torrance Beach at 6:58 a.m. on Aug. 30 to perform a welfare check on a man found along the shore, but well away from the water, west of Miramar Park. Upon arrival, officers found two men dead.

Martinez said the men appeared dry — not likely to have washed up from the water — but offered no further details.

“There’s no indication of foul play, it’s just very suspicious that there are two dead bodies on the sand here,” Martinez said.

Suspicion abounded on social media pages. On Facebook, Redondo Beach resident Nina Akiaten wrote that she was there just before the bodies had been covered by authorities, and said that the two men “didn’t look homeless.” She said that a woman who was jogging spotted the two men and observed foam around their mouths. 

Though the LA County Coroner’s Office determined Alarid to be a transient, social media trails indicate that he originates from San Diego County; a GoFundMe page, organized by Luis Alarid of Chula Vista, claims to have been started by his family. The organizer did not respond to a request for comment.

“My brother Daniel Alarid passed away Friday, August 30, 2019. I’m trying to raise money to help my father and to cover costs. RIP brother, we love you no matter what. You’ll be missed little Daniel,” the page reads.


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