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LAPD looks for leads in slaying of Venice youth pastor

June 5, 2012 |  7:35 pm

Venice homicides
Los Angeles police were seeking leads Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a well-known Venice youth pastor.

Investigators believe that 23-year-old Oscar Duncan was drawn out by attackers late Monday who jeered at his girlfriend while the couple stood outside in Venice's Oakwood neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The assailants shouted a gang name as one of them fired a single shot that struck Duncan in the upper body, said Lt. John Radtke, commander of the West Bureau homicide unit.

He said Duncan grew up in the neighborhood and was well liked for his work with local youth.

Duncan attended Venice High and worked at the Venice Boys & Girls Club. He was named "Youth of the Year" at the club in 2006, according to his Tumblr page. 

Duncan was a pastor at Greater Zion Church in Compton.

Police sources said about four males drove up in a car in the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue and jeered at the girlfriend. The shot was fired from inside the vehicle, according to the sources.

Detectives Tuesday were trying to determine why the attackers chose Duncan as their target. Minutes before he was shot, Duncan tweeted a passage from the Old Testament.

Since January 2007, at least 19 homicides have been reported in Venice, according to the Times Homicide Report database.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at (213) 382-9470. 


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Map shows homicides reported in Venice. Credit: Times Homicide Report