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$50K reward announced in murder of 7-year-old boy in Mid-City

L.A. police are hoping a $50,000 reward will help them track down the killer of a 7-year-old boy in Mid-City.
December 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Los Angeles police are hoping a $50,000 reward will help them track down the killer of a 7-year-old boy. At a news conference Tuesday, his mother made an emotional plea.

Taalib Pecantte was sitting in a parked car with his mother and another man on Dec. 2 when a car pulled up, and someone inside opened fire in the 1900 block of Corning Street in Mid-City. Taalib died from a bullet wound the next day.

"It's so hard for me to stand here and talk about my baby. He was 7. He didn't know nobody," Sawan Mock said as she sobbed.

Mock wants her son's killer behind bars. She remembers the moment when shots rang out.

"They knew my baby was in the car. All the lights were on. He was just sitting there, and they just turned around and shot my baby," she said.

Mock and her boyfriend were also hit by gunfire. Taalib spent more than 15 hours fighting for his life before dying at the hospital.

"When did it become OK to start shooting kids," Mock said.

Taalib's father Abu Taalib Hussain says the sky was the limit for his pride and joy.

"Innocent bystanders are getting killed each and every day. It's ridiculous," Hussain said.

The LAPD says it is looking for two suspects who were in a white car. Anyone with information is urged to call (800) 222-TIPS.

"Nothing's going to bring him back and I know that, but I just want something," Mock said. "You cannot think it was OK. You should turn yourself in. That is not okay."

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