Gang Interventionist, Ronnie “Looney” Barron fatally shot
By Alex Alonso for StreetGangs.com
February 8, 2010
Back in 1984 I met Ronnie “Looney” Barron on the campus of John Burroughs Junior High School. During that time, his neighborhood was in the early stages of establishing themselves as a legitimate Crip set, allying themselves with the Trays or Gangster Crips throughout Los Angeles. The Mansfields were known as the Mansfield Hustlers (MFH) but in short time they would drop the Hustler identity for Crip.
Ronnie was a part of that early history and could go in depth about all the circumstances that transformed his neighborhood into a gang, but when he was young, he was fully involved. Unfortunately, when he was 17, he was sent to prison for attempted murder. His prison experience did little to change his lifestyle because upon release, he returned back into the same life style. But soon enough, Ronnie began to see the light when the casualty count in Los Angeles continued to grow, which included his friends, loved ones, and even his own brother. He knew it was time for a change, and everyone who knew Looney witnessed a successful transformation.
With nearly 20 years on the streets or in prison, Ronnie got involved with Jim Brown’s Amer-I-Can program, which is an empowerment organization that provides individuals with the tools necessary to make major transitions, and that’s just what Ronnie did. For nearly 10 years, he has been one of the most dedicated community activists working as a gang interventionist in Los Angeles using his own life experiences to inspire and motivate others to make that change.
It saddens me to report that Ronald LaMonte Barron, 40, was murdered on Sunday night after confronting a person who was writing graffiti on a nearby wall of the Cottage Bar, at 5050 W. Pico Blvd, where he just finished watching Super Bowl LXIV. According to the police, the culprit pulled out a handgun, and fatally shot Ronnie at approximately 9:00 p.m. after words were exchanged.
The work that Ronnie tirelessly engaged in cannot be measured and it often takes time to see successes that are a result of all the counseling, public speaking and lecturing that he was committed to. Gang intervention work is difficult to quantify because we often overlook the results of a teaching conflict resolution and life management skills while keeping diligent track of negative outcomes. Those that know him and/or know the importance of the work he dedicated his life to will agree that he will be missed, not only by his professional colleges, but also his son & daughter. We will miss you, R.I.P. Looney.
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