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Teen killed after drive-by in South L.A.

September 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 19-year old man is dead after a drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles. His mother says he was not in a gang.It happened in the 6800 block of Harvard Boulevard in South Los Angeles just after 9 p.m. Thursday night. It's believed three people in a vehicle drove past and fired shots. Those shots struck Kadeem Forman in the chest.

Forman later died at the hospital.

The 19-year-old was walking back from a corner store with his friends when they were shot at. Kadeem staggered to his driveway where his mother tried to keep him alive.

"He was shot inside of his neck. I took a shirt and was putting pressure on it. I called 911. They told me to stay on the phone until paramedics arrived," said the victim's mother, Sonia Forman-Jones. "I am still trying to wash the blood from under my nails from my son and it is not going away."

She says her son was taking classes at L.A. Harbor College. He mostly wore black to avoid being mistaken for a gang member.

Forman's mother said her son had no gang ties.

"I don't know why anybody would do this, but a car drove by and opened fire. He was walking from the store with his friends and a car passed by and opened fire," said Forman-Jones. "And he ran and he fell right by our house."

As of right now, police are searching for the three suspects who were in a black car.

"By all accounts, an innocent young man was walking down the street in the early evening hours and without provocation people drove up and started shooting at him," said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

Kadeem loved to play basketball and graduated last year from Morningside High School in Inglewood. The family then moved to South Los Angeles, for what seemed like a more affordable, safer neighborhood.

"I kept moving trying to find somewhere safe for my kids. This makes no sense. This is senseless," said Forman-Jones. "So if anyone, anyone, please, please. Let the police know. Let the police know something, because I can't let my son death go just like this."

Anyone with information can call the LAPD Tip Line at (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Callers can remain anonymous.

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