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Teen tagger accused of killing gang interventionist charged as adult

February 13, 2010 |  7:55 am

L.A. prosecutors have charged a teen tagger accused of killing a gang interventionist as an adult.

Mark Anthony Villasenor, 16, is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Ronald Barron, who confronted Villasenor for tagging a wall in the Mid-City area.

Barron was leaving a bar with his girlfriend when he noticed a tagger defacing a wall on Pico Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Police Department said surveillance video from nearby businesses captured the Feb. 6 killing in the 5000 block of West Pico Boulevard.

The footage appeared to show a gunman wearing dark-colored clothing arguing with Barron in front of "numerous witnesses," LAPD detectives said.

His slaying stunned colleagues at Amer-I-Can, where Barron had worked for more than a decade.

The loss was also felt at City Hall and LAPD headquarters, where officials rely on gang interventionists like Barron to help reduce the grip of gangs in some neighborhoods.

-- Shelby Grad