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Approximately 200 plus people attended a rally outside All Saints Church on Sunday afternoon, in a unifying effort to bring peace to a community that has been torn apart by gun violence in the past year.
Outside the church community activists and law enforcement officials asked Pasadena and Altadena residents to play a major role in promoting peace in their communities and turning potential gang member around and offering alternatives to an otherwise destructive lifestyle.
among those standing in solidarity with one another were Assembly member Chris Holden, Chief Phillip Sanchez, Rev Ed Bacon, Mayor Bogaard and a long list of ecumenical leaders from Pasadena churches and social organizations.
One of those killed Christmas Day was Victor McClinton, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department employee and founder of the nonprofit Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League. He was killed by a stray bullet from a gang-related shooting about 11a.m. on Christmas morning. An alleged gand member was also shot in that incident.
“McClinton was gunned down in a senseless act of gang violence,” said Capt. John Benedict of the sheriff’s Altadena Station.
“One person, one athlete, one family at a time, McClinton changed Pasadena,” the Pasadena Chief Phillip Sanchez told the large crowd recalling in front of All Saints Sunday afternoon.
After the fatal shooting of McClinton, an FBI agent accompanied by a Pasadena police officer became involved in the pursuit of a vehicle allegedly driven by a gang member, according to police. During the pursuit, a loaded handgun was thrown from the suspect’s vehicle.
The Pasadena Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were conducting joint gang enforcement in the city of Pasadena following that homicide. At approximately 8:00 p.m., the officers observed a silver Dodge Durango commit a traffic violation in the area of Claremont Street and Marengo Avenue. They attempted to initiate a traffic stop; however, the driver, later identified as Darryl Williams, failed to yield. A vehicle pursuit ensued as Williams attempted to flee. As Williams approached the intersection of Marengo Avenue and Maple Street, he failed to stop for a red light and drove into the intersection colliding with a minivan making a left turn onto Maple Street.
As a result of the collision, Tracey Ong Tan, 26 years, Glendale resident, and an 11 year old child, Daly City resident, died at the scene. Three other occupants from the minivan were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and identified as Kenric Ng, 49 years, Irene Ng, 52 years, and a 16 year old female, all residing in Daly City, Ca.
Four suspects were arrested for murder and are identified as Darryl Williams, Black male-22, Pasadena resident, Brittany Washington, Black female-21, Los Angeles resident, Demauria Hannah, Black male-22, Pasadena resident, and Jada Mays, Black female-18, Pasadena resident. All suspects sustained moderate injuries from the collision. During the pursuit, one of the occupants discarded a loaded handgun that was later recovered by Pasadena Police officers.
On December 28, 2012, the Pasadena Police Department presented the collision investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office filed the following charges;
Darrell Lee Williams PC 187(a), Murder
PC 186.22, Gang enhancement
PC 245(a) 1, Assault with a deadly weapon
PC 29800(a) (1) Felon in possession of firearm
Brittany Michelle Washington PC 187 (a) Murder
PC 186.22, Gang enhancement
PC 245(a) 1, Assault with a deadly weapon.
By Terry Miller