City reaches $450,000 settlement over Marquez officer-involved killing

Story by Sofia Alva
Associate News Editor

Photo courtesy of Alice S. Hall / NBCU Photo Bank

The City of South Pasadena reached a settlement of $450,000 in the wrongful death lawsuit over the SPPD killing of resident and actress Vanessa Marquez on Monday, Feb. 22. 

Marquez was shot and killed by SPPD officers during a wellness check in August of 2018. After reviewing the body camera footage of the shooting, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office declined to charge the two officers involved, and they are still on the force. The lawsuit, filed by Marquez’s mother Delia McElfresh in June 2020, originally sought $20 million.

In a city press release, Mayor Diana Mahmud discussed the settlement. 

“Any loss of life is tragic,” Mahmud said. “However, I can now report the parties have reached a mutually agreeable settlement in the amount of $450,000 in order to save the parties the costs associated with protracted litigation.”

Marquez’s case has now been tried and settled in civil and criminal court, although filmmaker Cyndy Fujikawa is currently working on a documentary to memorialize the late actress’ life.

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