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$50,000 reward to be offered in slaying of Compton youth pastor

A $50,000 reward is to be announced Thursday for information about the death of a 23-year-old youth pastor shot outside his mother's Venice home.

Investigators believe that Oscar Duncan was drawn outside late Monday by attackers who jeered at his girlfriend while the couple stood in Venice's Oakwood neighborhood after returning from Bible study, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities say Duncan was not in a gang and had no criminal record. They believe that the assailants may have been gang members.

Duncan, a youth pastor at Greater Zion Church in Compton, was a homecoming king, football captain and employee at the Venice Boys and Girls Club, according to people who knew him.

"I grew up in Inglewood. I've seen a lot in my lifetime," said Erikk Aldridge, the director of the Venice Boys and Girls Club. "I've seen friends murdered, incarcerated, but this was different because this young man had both feet firmly planted in goodness and great things."

Aldridge said the staff had decided last Friday to hire Duncan on full time.

"He is the type of person that just didn't have enemies," Aldridge said. "He didn't carry grudges, he wasn't moody or anything like that. He loved working with young people because he was such a kid at heart."

Duncan's brother, Curtis Nettles, called the fatal shooting "totally unfair."

"It's unreal still," he said.

The LAPD and Councilman Bill Rosendahl are scheduled to announce the reward at 9:30 a.m. at the Pacific Community Police Station.

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-- Matt Stevens (twitter.com/mattstevenslat) and Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx)

 
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