Vigil Held for Youth Coach Gunned Down on Christmas

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PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds gathered Thursday night in Pasadena to remember Victor McClinton, a youth sports coach gunned down in front of his home on Christmas morning.

McClinton, 49, an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department lab technician, was also a beloved father and mentor.

“Victor was family,” said friend Robin Quintanilla, holding back tears. “You hear about this, you watch it on TV shows and then it happens to somebody you know.”

She is one of thousands McClinton touched the lives of during his nearly 20 years of volunteering in youth sports leagues.

“He was there for my graduation from high school, and he followed up with me during college,” she recalled. “Even after I graduated, he wanted to know what I was involved in.”

Pasadena police are trying to determine if a nearby fatal pursuit of four gang members later that same day had anything to do with McClinton’s death.

Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said that detectives have been working around the clock following leads.

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