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Dispatch: 'My son’s death was senseless and selfish'

December 7, 2009 |  5:00 am
Click to visit The Times' interactive project on Homeboy Industries' gang intervention efforts in South Alabama
Trayvon Jeffers left prison in the spring of 2007 determined to turn his life around. He'd been paroled after serving 4 1/2 years of a seven-year sentence.

He was just 21 when he pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a firearm, one on a police officer. 

The prison stint capped off what, by his own admission, had already been a long history of gang banging.

Raised in Compton, Jeffers was involved in gangs by the time he was 12. As a juvenile, he had multiple encounters with the law. As an adult, he spent time in jail on narcotics and vehicular violations.

But prison was life-altering.

“Trayvon told me, ‘It was no joke, bro.’ In prison he had to play the race game. His decisions were not his decisions and he realized you couldn’t trust even your best friend," said Raul Diaz, who befriended him after Jeffers went to work at Homeboy Industries following his release. "It was clear he didn’t want to go back.”

At Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk youth and former gang members, Jeffers found full-time employment. At first, Jeffers managed the front desk, greeting visitors and helping support numerous activities.

After a little more than a year, Jeffers was promoted to data collector, creating reports for financial contributors and monitoring client jobs, parole housing and new arrests.

Jeffers, who never earned a high school diploma or GED, was hesitant in the new role.

“Tray didn’t know if he could do it,” Diaz said, “but he was on it. I work with people who have bachelor's, master's, you name it, and Tray was one of the best. He relieved me from a lot of my stress. I never second-guessed him.”

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San Dimas: Trayvon Earl Jeffers, 28

July 6, 2009 |  4:23 pm

Trayvon Earl Jeffers, a 28-year-old black man, was shot several times in the 100 block of Puddingstone Drive in Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas. He died on Saturday, June 6, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Jeffers got into an argument with a group of men at the boat launch in the park, and he was found with several gunshot wounds on the north shore of the picnic area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He was shot about 6:20 p.m. and pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital at 7:04 p.m., said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office.

[An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled Jeffers' first name as Travon]

-- Anthony Pesce

Updated Dec. 7: The Times' Sarah Ardalani has a dispatch on Jeffers' life and death, part of an interactive project on gang intervention work by Homeboys Industries, where Jeffers was employed at the time of his death. Read her report: "My son's death was senseless and selfish" and learn more about the work he was doing at Alabama Homeboys.


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