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[January 11, 2013]

Photographer killed getting shots of Justin Bieber's car was from Modesto

MODESTO, Jan 10, 2013 (The Modesto Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A paparazzo hit by a car and killed while trying to shoot a photo of Justin Bieber's car in Los Angeles last week was from Modesto, where a funeral was conducted today.


According to a Los Angeles Times blog, 29-year-old Christopher Guerra was hit by a sports utility vehicle on the Interstate 405 freeway New Year's Day while trying to take pictures of the pop star's Ferrari.

Bieber reportedly was not in the car, which was driven by a friend who had been pulled over for speeding.

A funeral for Guerra, a 2001 graduate of Johansen High School, was held today at the Modesto Special Events Center.

Guerra owned his own landscaping business for a few years and worked for a summer youth program before getting his dream job as a photographer for GSI Media, according a funeral program.

Actor Charlie Sheen donated $12,000 to Guerra's family to cover his funeral expenses, according to the TMZ.

Guerra's death sparked renewed debate about laws governing photographing of celebrities.

"A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject. It's an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future," Sheen said in a statement to the celebrity news website.

He leaves behind parents Juan Jose and Vicky Guerra, brothers Juan Jose Guerra Jr., Sean Guerra, Cameron Guerra and sister Chantel Guerra, all of Modesto.

___ (c)2013 The Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.) Visit The Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.) at www.modbee.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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