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Vigil held for man found shot on South LA street

March 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local family is grieving the loss of a husband and father who was murdered. His body was dumped on a South Los Angeles street. The family is making an emotional plea for justice.

Bowing their heads in prayer and clinging to each other for strength, family and friends of 24-year-old Marcus Rogers held a vigil Thursday on the street where he was left to die after being shot.

Surveillance video shows a dark-colored SUV, possibly a 2007 or older BMW, speeding away from 110th Street, just east of Main Street, around 10:30 p.m. on March 5. A passerby found Rogers on the street and called 911.

"Our investigation up to this point indicates that Mr. Rogers was shot somewhere in the vicinity and dropped off here," said Det. Tom Eiman with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Rogers' mother, Charayll Walker, says her only child was a devoted father to his 15-month-old son.

"He wasn't a gangbanger. He didn't believe in that. He was going to school for criminal justice to be a policeman," said Walker.

Close friends say the man they called "Boobie" made friends with everyone.

"If Boobie made anybody sad or anybody mad, he always found a way to make you laugh where you couldn't be mad at him. You can't be mad at that guy too long," said friend Tresvian Kennedy.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the suspects was asked to call police at (877) LAPD-24-7. Callers can remain anonymous.


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