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Oakland councilwoman's son killed in attempted robbery near USC

LOS ANGELES (KRON) - The son of Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney was shot and killed Sunday morning in an attempted robbery near the University of Southern California, according to sources. 

The victim was identified as 21-year-old Victor McElhaney and he was studying at USC's Thornton School of Music.

Authorities say around 12:24 a.m. three to four men approached McElhaney at the corner of Maple Ave and Adams Blvd.

The suspects shot at the victim and fled the scene in a vehicle. 

McElhaney was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at 11 a.m.

McElhaney was an Oakland native who transferred to USC in the fall of 2017.

"He believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal, and to bring hope." the university said in a statement. "He enjoyed mentoring young musicians and had a long-standing commitment to community service."

Councilwoman McElhaney released a statement on the tragic death of her son that read: 

It is with the utmost sadness that I share with you the tragic news that my son, Victor McElhaney, was slain last night in a senseless act of violence.

Victor was a 21 year-old senior at USC Thornton School of Music, where he was pursuing his lifelong love of music with some of the greats.

Victor was a son of Oakland. He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.

I miss my baby. Please keep me, my family, and all of my son's friends in your thoughts and prayers.

We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence...And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.

"Victor’s tragic death at the hands of violence is an unspeakable loss," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Twitter. "Lynette’s leadership and passionate focus on violence prevention has healed wounds in our city and created new pathways for families all across Oakland."

Congresswoman Barbara sent condolences to councilmember McElhaney saying," No mother should have to bear this kind of loss."

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