Family Of 21-Year-Old Killed In His Car Pleads For Shooter To Surrender

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The family of a 21-year-old man killed in cold blood is pleading for the gunman to surrender.

Loved ones gathered Tuesday night at a candlelight vigil for Jarret Crump outside the LAPD’s 77th Street Station and to remember the man they say “led a regular life.”

“My heart is hurting right now. I’m numb to the bone,” said the victim’s mother, Dara Davis. “I’m going to always remember this for Thanksgiving.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Davis said her son “went to work every day” as a custodian for the L.A. Unified School District and was not a gang member.

“His circle of friends are good, not like gang bangers, none of that. I taught him to be a man of valor and he was a man of valor,” his mother said.

Childhood friend James Spencer said the Crenshaw High school graduate had a big heart.

At around 5:45 p.m. Monday, Crump was driving with a friend to get some food on Century Boulevard near Vermont Avenue, two blocks from where he lived with his grandmother.

A man exited a dark-colored SUV, ran to the driver’s side of Crump’s vehicle and opened fire.

Crump was pronounced dead at a hospital, LAPD Sgt. Cleon Joseph said.

The woman in the passenger seat was rushed to the hospital with minor injuries. She was in too much shock to speak to CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Serene Branson.

Police are searching for the gunman and a second suspect connected to the murder. They say they have no motive at this time.

Family members suspect the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, perhaps over Crump’s car.

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