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

June 6, 2012 | 10:23 pm

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and Councilman Bill Rosendahl will hold a news conference Thursday morning to announce a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people who fatally shot a Venice man outside his mother's home.

Investigators believe that Oscar Duncan, 23, was drawn out late Monday by attackers who jeered at his girlfriend while the couple stood in Venice's Oakwood neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The news conference is planned for 9:30 a.m. at the LAPD Pacific Community Police Station.

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

Erikk Aldridge, the Boys and Girls Club director, said the staff had decided 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 shooing “totally unfair.”

“It’s unreal still,” Nettles said. 


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-- Matt Stevens