It’s hard to believe that gangs are still banging strictly off of colors but the tragedy of Tavin Price reminds us that the concrete jungle is dangerous as ever.
The 19-year-old teen from Los Angeles was murdered on May 29 at a car wash after he refused to take off the red sneakers he was wearing when approached by several individuals.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the fatal Hyde Park shooting of a 19-year-old man who was killed at a car wash after being confronted about gang affiliation and the color of his red shoes, Los Angeles police announced Tuesday.
Detectives provided the identities of suspects arrested in connection with the case at a 1 p.m. news conference at the 77th Street Division.
The suspected shooter, 27-year-old Kanasho Johns, was taken into custody at a home outside of Houston, Texas, on Tuesday morning, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Chris Barling said.
Two other men were arrested last week and were charged with murder on June 19, according to Barling. All three men are local gang members, Barling said.
A fourth person, a 27-year-old woman, was arrested during an initial investigation on suspicion of witness intimidation and being an accessory after the fact, the detective said. She was charged June 2, he said.
Barling said Price had gone to the Simms Car Wash with his mother and a family friend, and then walked to a nearby smoke shop. At the shop, a man confronted Price about his red shoes and asked about gang affiliation.
Price did not reply and instead walked away and returned to his mother after completing his purchase.
The man who had confronted Price followed him, along with another man who had been in the shop, Barling said. Around the same time, the shooter arrived, was joined by one or both of the men from the shop, and gunned Price down, according to the detective.
The three suspects arrested locally were identified by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as: Kevin Deon Johnson, 24; Dwight Kevin Smith, 30; and Antheyst Jarrett, 27.
Jennifer Rivers, the mother of Tavin Price, spoke to the press in a tear-jerking address stating, “First of all, I want to thank God for answering my prayer for justice of my son,” Rivers said. “Everything I hear is Tavin saying, ‘Mommy, am I going to be all right? Mommy, I’m not going to die, am I?’ That’s all that I hear every day. I’ve got to live with that for the rest of my life. That’s torture. You robbed me of my baby.”
R.I.P. to Tavin Price. Watch the news coverage for the case above.
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