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Father killed protecting son, 8, from gunfire on street

April 7, 2012 |  7:53 am

A candlelight vigil was held Friday for an Inglewood man fatally shot as he used his body to shield his 8-year-old son from gunfire on Tuesday evening.

Inglewood police Lt. James Madia said that suspects walked up to father and son, who were standing in front of their garage in the 3200 block of West 109th Street, and opened fire.

Frederick Martin, 28, pushed his son to the ground, and in the process, took bullets in the stomach and chest.

Family and friends of Martin stood quietly and held hands in the glow of candlelight Friday night.

The boy suffered a minor bullet graze wound to the leg, but will recover. He was the only witness to the shooting.

Madia said Martin was considered an "upstanding guy, an employed college graduate."

"We have no idea why this shooting would have happened. We have been presented no evidence that would suggest that this was gang-related," he said.

-- KTLA News