Family, Friends to Remember Boy Gunned Down on Halloween

Family members and friends will gather in Inglewood mortuary for viewing.

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    Family members and friends will gather at an Inglewood mortuary on Thursday for a viewing of a 5-year-old boy who was gunned down on Halloween while showing off his Spider-Man costume.

    Aaron Shannon Jr. was shot in the head while he was in the backyard of his family's home in the 1000 block of East 84th Street in South Los Angeles. His grandfather and uncle also were shot, but suffered only minor injuries.

    A viewing for Aaron will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Simpson Family Mortuary in Inglewood. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at City of Refuge in Gardena, followed by a 1 p.m. burial at Inglewood Park Cemetery.

    Two reputed gang members have been arrested and charged with opening fire on a group of people in the backyard of the family home. Marcus Denson, 18, and Leonard Hall Jr., 21, are each charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. They are expected to be arraigned November 19.

    Prosecutors said Hall and Denson were members of the Kitchen Crips gang, and they entered rival gang territory on Halloween day and approached the back of a home that opened up into an alley. A group of men were gathered in a backyard Aaron was running around, showing his father and others his costume.

    Denson and Hall allegedly opened fire on the group, fatally striking the child and injuring the boy's uncle and grandfather, prosecutors said. According to police, the neighborhood where the boy lived is an active gang area, but his family had no gang ties.

    The boy died from a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

    Both men were being held in lieu of $4 million bail.