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Long Beach: Jacob Benavidez, 15

August 26, 2009 | 10:16 pm
The location of Jacob Benavidez's shooting.Jacob Benavidez, a 15-year-old Latino, was shot several times in the 1000 block of East 16th Street in Long Beach and died on Tuesday, Aug. 18, according to Los Angeles County coroner's officials.

Benavidez, of Long Beach, was standing on the sidewalk at 12:34 a.m., when someone walked up and shot him, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Benavidez was taken to a hospital, where he died at 1:08 a.m.

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EXCELLENT - another teenager cheated out out of his life because America refuses to curb the use of guns by anyone other than law enforcement agents. Its all about money from lobbyists and a-holes like Charlton Heston et al, in their adamant insistence that their interpretation of the 2nd amendment is irrefutable, as innocent victims lie dead in their graves and we, ankle-deep and awash in the innocent blood of our kids. And all because we have let gun lobbyists run amok over corrupt legislators. Stop crying and stop complaining. He's dead and you'll never get over it. Don't worry there will be countless other innocent young victims to cry over until enough people say "We've had enough". Will we ever take back our society from the devastating murderous havoc that guns and those who can access them so freely, wreak upon us?

@Ernie Sandoval

Or we could blame the murderer who used that gun to pull the trigger.
Guns are legal and not going away, even if they are made illegal.
Stop the cycle of violence and the attitude that it's gonna make you "cool" to go out and flash your gun, or take a life.

Where were the parents? Both of the shooter, who was probably also a teen, and the parents of Jacob, who allowed him to be out after midnight on a monday night at 15.

Mr. Sandoval,

The gun that was used in this crime was probably recieved illegally. Meaning that the person who pulled the trigger did not have the right to own or have a gun. This crime like so many that are commited with guns are guns that are not legally obtained. Too bad you didn't realize that before you posted your comments. Making gun ownership illegal does not stop gun violence.

The problem is the cycle of violence you speak about Ernie. These neighborhoods are full of fools just waiting to kill someone at the drop of a hat. Most if not all the shooting of teenagers are senseless. A stupid dispute today which maybe 20 years ago was a fist fight now get's you killed.

Wow - I'm impressed with the LA Times presentation of this information. They will be the lead when all other news papers in the nation begin to realize that like LA the neighborhoods of the inner city are part of our community also or that homicides of the same type and genre deserve reporting. Thanks LA Times and thanks Jill L for bringing this forward.

May he rest in peace for peace at his age is often hard to find. A prayer for all who are his age: that all may find a place where they may walk and stand without being shot.


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