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March 23, 2008

Latino Gangmember That Shot Black High School Football Star Was Illegal

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Thanks to Mayor Tony “the toilet brush” Villar and his sanctuary policies, this young man is dead. As far as Tony’s “Million Trees” initiative, I heard only 400 trees were actually planted. Photo ops are what Tony Villar does best.

CBS2.com

LOS ANGELES Immigration officials say the suspected Los Angeles street gang member charged in the shooting death of a high school football star may have been in the country illegally.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice said Saturday her agency has filed an immigration hold against 19-year-old Pedro Espinoza.

The hold means Espinoza will be transferred into her agency’s custody for possible deportation when he leaves local custody.

Espinoza was released from jail in an assault case the day before the March 2 killing of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Junior.

Kice did not know if there was a hold on him during his previous sentence, but said inmates on hold are generally released directly into her agency’s custody.

Shaw was shot to death in the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue. A car had pulled up and Espinoza, a member of the 18th Street Gang, allegedly got out and asked “Where you from” — meaning what gang — and opened fire.

Shaw’s father ran outside and found his son dying next to a tree that the two had planted with the mayor almost three years ago as part of the city’s Million Trees Initiative.

“Yes, it just so happened we were standing close by, so he helped the mayor plant the tree,” Shaw’s father said. “And it was special because, you know, we took pictures with the mayor. Look at this spot (now) and it’s like man, this is just so sad. It’s like, wow. This is so devastating.”

A “tree of life” plaque was unveiled by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Saturday to honor Jamiel.

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