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Three men shot at vigil for gang member [UPDATED]

Two men were fatally shot and a third wounded during a vigil for a slain gang member in the unincorporated L.A. County area of Westmont, between South-Central Los Angeles and Inglewood, authorities said today.

An unidentified gunman approached the corner of 104th Street and Budlong Avenue about 7:20 p.m. Monday and fired multiple shots at the three men before running west on 104th  and out of view, said Deputy Jeff Cannon of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Los Angeles resident Keith Orange, 45, and Carson resident Joe Carl Caver, 26, were pronounced dead at the scene, said a county coroner's official. The third man was taken to a hospital, but his condition was unknown. The vigil was being held for a gang member killed Jan. 30, Cannon said.

Updated at 3:12 p.m. Orange and Caver were cousins, according to Orange’s twin brother, Kevin. Keith Orange grew up with Gregory Thomas, the 37-year-old for whom the vigil was held.

Kevin Orange said his brother was a former gang member, but hadn’t been involved with gangs for a long time.

“You come to pay your respects to someone who has just passed away and this dude comes out to shoot,” he said. “That was a cold, callous person.”

Keith Orange had a 4-year-old son with fiancee Quiesha Johnson, 26, whom he planned to marry on Valentine’s Day, his brother said.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: Annette Mackey and her husband Darrell Lowery place candles on the blood-stained sidewalk. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Click here for more photos from the scene.

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Question for parents: Is your child a murderer?
With violence running rampant in the African American and Latino communities, do you not realize that our children are the perpetrators of these heinous acts of violence? We as a community cannot expect outside entities such as law enforcement to do anything about this epidemic that plagues us. We must organize ourselves, our households and our community to properly raise and monitor the activities of our young people. There are no easy answers, but the time has come for every member of our neighborhoods to acknowledge the fact that we have fallen down on the job in rearing our young. We know these killers among us. In many cases, they wake up every morning in our own homes, spend their days idly, and their nights causing grief and heartache to others. Take responsibility for yourselves and your offspring. PLEASE!!!

To the mother of Keith Orange please know that you are in our prayers and we will continue to keep you lifted up in prayer. I know that the love you have for your Heavenly Father will bring you comfort during this very difficult time, the loss of a child has to be unexplainable painful but I find comfort in knowing that we serve a loving and comforting God. You are a very special person and the Holy Spirit that lives within you will comfort you in your darkest hour. Continue to lean and trust on His Word.

why did they have to kill my uncle mane he was a successful man and hardly messed with any one mane that is lowdown if you killed him just tell please

Welcome to the third world city of LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 young 2 die 2 hard 2 cry ! greg/casp

man the hoovers are going thru some stuff

this area has always been infected with thugs and drugs, the only time when someone has something to say is when it spills in their community. Wake up the sleeping dead!!!! The mayor should be fired

It is a painful situation to lose a loved one. My name is Maurice A.K.A Smoke Dogg HT's. I knew both Keith (Twin) and Greg (Casper 1). They were true to those who were true to them. I've always had major love for these dudes. It hurts to have lost them to the same lifestyle we once glorified. I pray that Through Jehovah God, their families may find the peace of mind that is needed in order for them to carry on and keep others who are also suffering and missing all of the men who were killed or injured during these senseless acts of violence. When will we stop killing our own? How can we promote peace together for the sake of our kids and their kids to come? Can we learn to hate what is wrong more than what is righteous? How can we tear down these invisible boundaries that block black men and women from visiting family and friends and friends of families across city and state lines without fear of losing their lives? When do we as men and women stand up and say....LET US FREE!?


I love reading about this stuff. It's so interesting.

It's because of lack of knowledge of the truth and not knowing who the real enemy is that's causing this battle. It's sad that our brothers and sisters are losing there lives because the lack of knowledge of the truth. They need to know that the enemy is the vicious cycle and system and target that help us all out. I pray Jehovah find these men & that they realize that it's not their turf but the jurisdiction of who they say put them in cells.

its been a ride since u have been gone keith.the love i have for u will never fade away our child kerria is getting so big.we talk about u all the time and all the good times we had.who ever killed keith took away a good father.he loved all his kids the same and would do any thing for people.u will never be forgotten and one day we will all see u keith again.lil man u will live on to through all that loved u.im still in sock that yall are even gone sometimes i cry asking god why.loving u always kieth.kerria misses u and loves u.


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