Teen Avoids Gang Life, Only To Be Killed By It
By John Cádiz Klemack | NBC4 News
Published Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Larry McKay was only 16 years old when he died. It was July 17, 2014. His mother, Lakisha Thomas, mourns his loss every single day.
“This is a kid,” she said. “What would y’all wanna hurt a kid for?”
LAPD’s South Bureau Criminal Gang Homicide Division had a busy night that night in South Los Angeles – at least three people were killed in gang-related shootings.
But for McKay, his family shared a Facebook post of his, written just three weeks before his murder. In it, he writes about his frustrations with the gang lifestyle he saw around him:
“Men life is crazy now of days people dieing people killing hoods going back nd force it’s not cool that’s somebody’s love one I watch this video on YouTube called (Why we bang). Nd that just made me look at this gangbanging life real different but most crazy part is u don’t know what u getting yo self into…. Intel it’d to late to get out of but once u start u can’t stop but remember u can always try to change that video really got a ***** up thinking we loosening family every day friends every day. But goodnight Facebook” (sic)