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Community Holds Vigil For Father, Youth Advocate Fatally Shot In Pasadena

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PASADENA (CBSLA.com) —  Friends, family and community leaders held a candlelight vigil outside Pasadena City Hall Thursday night for a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee and youth advocate who was killed in a Christmas Day shooting.

Victor McClinton, 49, was fatally shot standing outside of his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue in Pasadena around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A 20-something driver of a red car with Nevada plates was also shot. He is listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Police believe the driver of that vehicle was the target of the drive-by shooting.

McClinton, a husband and father of two, is remembered by many as a loving, devoted family man.

He was also a veteran employee of the Sheriff’s Department—McClinton worked as a law enforcement technician for 18 years—and a volunteer director of the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League in Pasadena.

He was known as “Uncle Victor” to children he mentored.

“I’m a better person today because he mentored me through elementary school, middle school, high school,” said mourner Judah Lacey.

Elyse Jackson said, “He was an amazing person. (I’ll remember him) as a great mentor and loving person.”

Although no arrests have been made in the shooting, investigators believe the incident could be connected to a police pursuit and crash in Pasadena that left two cousins dead later that day.

“There was a gun thrown from the car (in the pursuit). We had a courageous citizen who called us and told us that. We were able to recover that,” said Chief Phillip Sanchez of the Pasadena Police Department.

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