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Teenage boy gunned down in Hawthorne

June 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police are searching for the suspects who gunned down a teenage boy in Hawthorne.Edwin Cobbin, 17, was shot numerous times outside of his Hawthorne home Monday night on the 13000 block of Cordary Avenue.

Edwin's father and grandmother are heartbroken.

"I am so heartbroken. I can't forget my baby," said Edward Cobbin, father.

"Oh God, they didn't have to take his life. They could of just taken whatever he had and then let him go. Those kids weren't doing anything. They were just together lifting weights and having fun at 8 o'clock," said Helen Glee, grandmother.

L.A. Sheriff's investigators say that Edwin Cobbin was an innocent victim. They believe he was shot to death by suspected gang members who pulled up in a dark colored car Monday night at approximately 9 p.m.

"They asked him where he was from. He said, 'Nowhere.' Then they asked my brother the same thing and pulled a pistol on him. He told them that he was 45 years old and was too old for this. Before he could get Edwin in the gate shots went off," said Edward Cobbin.

"The young man was not a member of a gang we believe. There is nothing that leads us to believe that. But the people that pulled the trigger we believe were in fact members of a gang," said Steve Whitmore, L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Friends and family say that gang activity is not uncommon in their neighborhood and makes it almost impossible to live safely. They are not only shocked and saddened by Edwin's murder, but also frightened by possible future gang violence that they say never seems to end.

"It really hurts, God knows that it hurts. This guy needs to be caught because he is going to do it again. He ain't stopped, so if he knows someone is looking for him he is going to do it again," said Edward Cobbin.

This is a joint investigation by L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide and Hawthorne PD. If you have any information please call (323) 890-5500. Detectives say that they are following up on many leads.

They believe that the car the suspects were driving was a dark or blue SUV with tinted windows.

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