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Reward for suspect in Inglewood father's death to be announced

April 9, 2012 |  7:53 am

 

Nearly a week after a young father was killed trying to shield his 8-year-old son from gunfire, his family and city officials were scheduled to announce a $10,000 reward Monday for the capture of suspects behind the shooting.

Fredrick Martin Jr., 28, was killed last Tuesday evening after he pushed his son to the ground and crouched over him at the sound of shots being fired.

Martin was hit in the body and stomach and later died in surgery. His son, Fredrick "Tre" Martin III, escaped with a minor graze. 

Police believe two shooters were behind the incident at Martin’s Inglewood home in the 3200 block of West 109th Street. A news conference was scheduled for noon Monday outside the home.

KTLA reported that city officials were working to increase the reward by another $10,000.

Family members told The Times the shooting of Martin, who worked as an analyst at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, appeared to be random. Acting Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta called it a "senseless crime," saying there was no evidence the man was involved in any gangs. 

"Our understanding is that this was a fine young man," he said. 

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-- Sam Allen and Victoria Kim

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