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    Vigil for Homeless Man Gunned Down at Venice Boardwalk

    Dozens gather for a memorial service to a homeless man gunned down on the Venice Boardwalk this weekend. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)

    Dozens of people gathered Wednesday for a memorial service to a homeless man gunned down on the Venice Boardwalk over the weekend.

    Friends of 26-year-old Jascent-Jamal Warren said he was an up-and-coming rapper whose life was cut too short. They played music as they remembered the man they called "Shakespeare the wordsmith."

    They are shocked that he is dead.

    "It's beyond cold blooded," said Paul Goldstein, the victim's friend. "We're not bothering anyone."

    Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged in Killing of Homeless Man

    [LA] Venice Beach Hotel Owner Charged in Killing of Homeless Man
    The owner of a Venice Beach hotel was charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a homeless man over the weekend. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015)

    A motel owner has been charged in connection with his slaying.

    Prosecutors say Sris Sinnathamby, the owner of the Cadillac Hotel, wasn't holding the gun that killed Warren about 2 a.m. Sunday but may have directed the attack, which followed an unknown dispute. Sinnathamby has pleaded not guilty in the case.

    Witnesses said it began when group of homeless people had gathered outside the hotel at 8 Dudley Avenue.

    Another man was shot in the leg and Sinnathamby suffered a head injury in the incident.

    Now friends are demanding more action against the suspect. Supporters of Warren have started an online petition to the Venice Neighborhood Council to strip the owner of the motel where the shooting happened Sunday.

    A community group said the killing is an example of what could be prevented by enforcing an ordinance that did not allowed people to sleep, sit or lie on a public street or sidewalk during the nighttime and overnight hours.

    Fight Leads to Deadly Shooting on Venice Boardwalk

    [LA] Fight Leads to Deadly Shooting on Venice Boardwalk
    A man was killed and two other people were wounded when gunfire broke out on the Venice boardwalk in the early morning hours. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.
    (Published Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015)

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