Friends and family on Monday mourned the loss of a 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed while walking just blocks away from his South Los Angeles home.
Elawnza Peebles had just moved to the neighborhood where he was fatally shot Saturday night, police said.
"I see people on the news all the time, and I never thought it would be me and it would be my son I would be talking about right now," said Carresha Skiffer, Peebles’ mother.
The boy was walking home from his uncle’s house when he was shot in the 4600 block of Kansas Avenue about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles Police Detective Chris Barling.
Peebles was just one block away from his own home when he collapsed in a driveway after being shot. He died at a hospital a few hours later.
"He’s a 14-year-old kid with no gang ties, no criminal history, his family has no gang ties," Barling told NBC4 Monday. "It’s just a horrific tragic event."
A memorial marked the spot where the teen was gunned down as the family gathered to support each other and ask for the public’s help in finding the boy's killer.
"(The gunman) stood over my nephew and shot him down, assassinated a little kid," said Falesha Skiffer, the boy’s aunt. "Whoever knows anything, please help us out."
Police asked anyone with information to call 213-485-1383 or 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).
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