LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The father of slain Los Angeles High School football standout Jamiel Shaw II will be among Monday night’s scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention.
Jamiel Shaw will be among two parents from Southern California who had children killed by people living in the country illegally set to speak in prime time Monday night at the convention in Cleveland, according to organizers.READ MORE: Funeral Service Held In Covina Hills For Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, Among The 13 Killed In Aug. 26 Bombing Attack In Kabul
Another SoCal-based speaker will be Sabine Durden of Moreno Valley, whose son Dominic was killed in 2012 at the age of 30 in a collision with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by an unlicensed driver. The driver had a previous felony conviction for grand theft, according to court records, and was in the country illegally.
Shaw has spoken at previous events featuring Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Shaw told the crowd at a Trump rally in Costa Mesa in April that when he saw television coverage of Trump announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015, “for the first time, it gave me real hope.”
Shaw stood next to Trump at a July 10, 2015, news conference in Beverly Hills. Trump asked Shaw if his rhetoric was racist. Shaw replied, “It’s not racist. What he’s doing is he’s speaking for the dead. He’s speaking for my son.”READ MORE: Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Returned This Weekend After Pandemic Forced Cancellation Of Last Year's Events
Jamiel Shaw II was shot and killed in 2008 near his Arlington Heights home by a gang member who prosecutors said mistakenly perceived him as a gang rival because he was carrying a red Spider-Man backpack.
Pedro Espinoza, convicted of first-degree murder in 2012 and sentenced to death, was living in the United States illegally at the time of the killing. He had been freed from jail two days before the shooting without immigration authorities placing a hold on him.
Trump said in 2015 that the 17-year-old Shaw was “shot from nowhere by an illegal who shouldn’t have been in the country, and nobody wants to talk about it….The system is really screwed up.”
The convention’s eclectic lineup of includes Trump’s wife Melania; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Willie Robertson, the CEO of the duck-hunting merchandise manufacturer Duck Commander and star of the A&E documentary series “Duck Dynasty”; and actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr.MORE NEWS: Ronnie Andrew Garcia, 43, Identified As Man Shot And Killed By Huntington Beach Police Saturday
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