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.