PASADENA ( —  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.


Man Killed In Pasadena Christmas Shooting Was LA County Sheriff’s Employee

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