Family Seeks Justice For Young Son Gunned Down 2 Years Ago

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —    The family of Kejon Wayne Atkins marched today on the somber two-year anniversary of his death.

In 2015, his family said Kejon was on his way to college football practice at Long Beach City College when a gold-colored sedan approached him near 126th Street and Wilmington Avenue .

A passenger in the vehicle fired several shots that struck Atkins in the upper torso.

The 22-year-old was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his wounds four days later.

Atkins family marched through the streets today begging anyone who might have seen something to come forward.

On Friday, detectives released surveillance video of two vehicles hat might have been involved — the gold-colored sedan  as well as a burgundy SUV .

Atkins’ mom — Techea’ Adams — since moved away from the area. She told CBS 2’s Crystal Cruz she couldn’t live there with the painful memories.

She is frustrated in the belief that someone knows something and hasn’t come forward.

“They were sitting on their porches just like they’re sitting now,” Adams said, “and refusing to speak up. Look how big that is (pointing to a bullet hole in the wall). It’s still there.”

Kejon’s father, Gregory Atkins, said “People in the streets have a code. They don’t want to be snitch, labeled as a snitch. I don’t know why. When they go to jail, when they get in trouble, their homies aren’t going to help them. I don’t know why they’re worried about being called a snitch.”

Deputies said Kejon had no gang ties.

There is a $10,000 reward being offered for information that leads to Atkins’ killer.

 

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