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.
.@USC Thorton student Victor McElhaney died early Sunday morning after a failed robbery attempt in an off-campus area of Los Angeles, according to an email Interim President @Dr_Wanda_Austin sent to the USC community.— USC Annenberg Media (@AnnenbergMedia) March 10, 2019
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.
According to officer Lopez, LAPD received the call at 12:24 a.m. When the fire department arrived at the scene, McElhaney was in critical condition and transported to a local hospital. He passed away at 11 a.m. at the hospital.— USC Annenberg Media (@AnnenbergMedia) March 10, 2019
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."
Our hearts grieve w @LynetteGM. Victor’s tragic death at the hands of violence is an unspeakable loss. Lynette’s leadership and passionate focus on violence prevention has healed wounds in our city and created new pathways for families all across #Oakland. We send warmth + love.— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) March 11, 2019
Congresswoman Barbara sent condolences to councilmember McElhaney saying," No mother should have to bear this kind of loss."
My deepest condolences to Oakland city councilmember Lynette McElhaney on the passing of her son, Victor. No mother should have to bear this kind of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Lynette and her family at this incredibly difficult time.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) March 11, 2019
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