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.”
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.