Colleagues wiped away tears and formed a procession behind a coroner's van early Thursday after the body of a 40-year-old Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was removed from his Carson home.
"I just don't understand why that happened,” said Shawn Butler, a friend of the victim.
The agent's 14-year-old son was arrested in connection with the shooting death Wednesday night. Friends identified the agent as 40-year-old Myron Chisem.
"He's 14 years old. He has to live with this for the rest of his life. He has a lot of stuff he has to face now," Butler said.
Authorities responded to a 911 call from the victim's son at about 9 p.m. from the residence block of Broadacres Avenue in Carson. The caller told dispatchers his father had been shot.
When deputies arrived, the boy directed deputies to the room in which his father was located. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
The agent was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We are still trying to figure out what the motive is," said Lt. Holly Francisco.
A preliminary investigation indicated the fatal round was fired from outside the home and through a window, investigators said. The agent's service weapon was used in the shooting, according to investigators.
The victim was seated in a TV room in the back of a residence on the first floor. The weapon was found in the front yard.
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"This is a difficult time for ICE, especially for the family and loved ones of the agent. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.
At about 8 a.m., the body was moved the a coroner's van. Agents outside the home lowered their heads as the body passed.
"Grief sorrow and you wonder how they are going to deal with it," says Pastor David Buggs.
Many wiped away tears as they walked to their vehicles. They formed a procession behind the coroner's van as it left the neighborhood.
"They had a good relationship, a great relationship as a father and son," said Butler.
Chisem moved to the house with his girlfriend about one year ago. His son moved into the residence later, according to friends.
"No way in the world this should have happened," says Butler.