Family of slain student holds peace stand-in

first_imgCommunity members lit prayer candles and laid down roses to commemorate of USC student Victor McElhaney. (Natalie Oganesyan/Daily Trojan) During the stand-in, attendees passed out flyers with information on the suspects and how to send in anonymous tips. Attendees also lit prayer candles and laid down roses in commemoration of McElhaney’s life. “I don’t know how to think of justice for Vic,” Lynette said. “We’ve got some men out there who … [have] taken guns, and they’ve taken my baby’s life. They need to be brought in to account for that action so that they can be restored. They don’t need to be at large where they can do harm to another mother’s child.” McElhaney’s parents Oakland Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney and her husband Clarence McElhaney joined Price, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, community activists and local nonprofit organizations in raising awareness for street gun violence. Members of Brothers Breaking B.R.E.A.D., an organization dedicated to uplifting black men at USC, and Black Student Assembly were also in attendance. On Saturday, over 50 community members gathered on the corner of Maple Avenue and Adams Boulevard, where USC student Victor McElhaney was shot and killed in early March, to call for the identification of the 21-year-old’s killers and justice for his family. “[People] spend their lives telling a story, and when they pass, they no longer get to tell that story,” Warren said. “It’s up to the people around them to tell that story for them. Although we can tell that story in our own unique ways and how Vic has affected all of us, nobody can tell it as beautifully as him. I’m asking for justice for my friend. I’m asking for some sort of peace for his family.” The day before, McElhaney was honored with a posthumous degree in music studies with an emphasis in jazz during the Thornton School of Music’s satellite ceremony. “We will not rest until this matter is appropriately resolved and these perpetrators are brought to justice,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Stop the silence to stop the violence. We’re going to say something. Do something.” Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere Center Oakland (S.A.V.E.), a nonprofit founded by Theresa Butler and Lynette that aims to end street gun violence, co-sponsored the event. The organization was started nine years ago and holds monthly stand-ins for gun violence victims in Oakland. “We’re mothers who were affected by violence, [and] yet our main message is a message of love,” Smith said.center_img Angelique Smith, mother of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, said she wanted to spread light even in the face of immense darkness. “We are asking for your help, the community’s help to partner with us, to partner with the family in identifying the suspects,” said lieutenant Dan Thompson. “We need the public’s help,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price. “I hope that today’s gathering sends a clear, clear message. We are committed to finding these killers and bringing them to justice. We will not tolerate fear and we are not going to tolerate folks terrorizing our neighborhoods.” “We started [S.A.V.E.] out of the church [the McElhaneys and I go to] and they have been part of it since the beginning,” Butler said. Former BSA co-director Nia Warren said Victor McElhaney, whom she had known since childhood, taught her a lot about history, social justice and love. “I see being a good person to an entirely new standard,” Warren said. “The bar is raised because [of Victor].” Warren added that she was saddened by the fact that Victor McElhaney could no longer tell his own story. In the ongoing police investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department, who was also in attendance in solidarity, said they believe the suspects are three young Latino men, who fled the scene in a four-door dark-colored sedan. To provide information about the suspects, contact authorities at the Homicide Special Section at 213-486-6890. To leave anonymous tips, call 213-486-6890 or go to www.lacrimestoppers.org.last_img read more

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6ft 6in Etete, 17, is making giant strides at Spurs since signing in the summer

first_imgKION ETETE is expected to have a big future at Tottenham.And the young striker is already a massive figure at the club’s training ground as he stands at 6ft 6 ins – and is about to rise to 6ft 7ins.4 Kion Etete is a 6ft 6in centre forward making giant strides with SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyEtete, 18, was a £200,000 arrival at Spurs from Notts County in the summer and has already impressed for the club’s under-18s.He made his debut for Tottenham’s development squad in a Leasing.com Trophy match against Colchester on October 8.The scores were level at 1-1 after normal time and Etete struck one of the penalties in a 6-5 shoot-out win.A THROWBACKThe player who hails from Derby is a real throwback into past times as he is a traditional number nine.He is a quick, powerful player who is good in the air. He holds the ball up well and under the guidance of highly-respected academy director John McDermott, Spurs will be hoping Etete can continue to improve and develop over the coming season.Etete has scored twice in five appearances for Tottenham under-18s and is expected to soon be given a chance with their under-23s with first-team boss Mauricio Pochettino always keen to move players through.NOTTS COUNTYPreviously, he made his debut for Notts County aged 16 under the eye of former boss Harry Kewell. He was a 76th minute substitute in an EFL Trophy clash with Newcastle under-23s in October of last year.He also played in four League Two games as a sub for Notts, against Port Vale, Morecambe, Oldham and Cambridge and also made a late cameo appearance in a 4-0 FA Cup loss at Barnsley.4 Spurs signed Etete from Notts County for £200k in the summer4 Harry Kewell handed Etete his debut with Notts County last seasonCredit: PA:Empics Sport4 Etete has hit the ground running since signing for Spurs and is starring in their youth sidelatest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotEtete completed his move to Tottenham after impressing in a trial against West Ham when he scored two goals in a 5-2 win.He also became the third Notts academy player to move to a Premier League side in recent years.Jack Bearne left for Liverpool in December 2016 and in 2018, the highly-rated midfielder Dongda completed a switch to Wolves.Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img read more

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