PALOS VERDES ESTATES (CBSLA) — Parents want a murder suspect to be kept from coming back to classes at Palos Verdes High School.
Cameron Terrell, 18, and a senior at the school, was named Friday as a suspect in the Oct. 1 shooting death of 21-year-old Justin Holmes.
Terrell did not return to the campus Monday, but several parents who do not want him to return were out in force to express their displeasure that he has not been suspended.
“We are here to say this child, this child-man — he’s 18 — does not belong in school with our children, with our 14-year-olds, with our 15-year-olds. He presents a danger to them,” parent Sandra Valeri said.
Terrell, who is a senior at Palos Verdes High School, grew up in an affluent family as the son of a South Bay interior designer and a media consultant based in El Segundo, according to the Daily Breeze. Terrell’s parents posted $5 million bail to get him out of jail on Oct. 19, and the newspaper reports that a photo posted to Facebook just a few days later showed him and his parents at the World Series.
“I don’t think anyone really expected him to do what he did,” one student said.
Police say Holmes was not a gang member. He and two of friends had just left a business on Western Avenue in South Los Angeles when they were confronted by two armed suspects, who asked where they were from.
According to the LAPD, one of the suspects fired several times, hitting Holmes, then fled the area in a car driven by Terrell. The two armed suspects are juveniles, LAPD officials said, and gang allegations have been filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office against all three suspects.
The two juveniles, who will be tried as adults, remain in jail.
Terrell is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 29.