Pasadena Peace Rally Held in Response to Recent Violence
PASADENA, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of residents joined local leaders in Pasadena on Sunday for an emotional rally calling for an end to violence.
The rally at All Saints Episcopal Church came in the wake of the fatal shooting of longtime youth sports coach and community activist Victor McClinton on Christmas Day.
Later that same day, two family members were killed when their minivan was hit by an SUV being pursued by Pasadena police.
Organizers intended the rally as “a large show of peace, unity and strength against the recent shootings and violence in Pasadena,” said William Boyer, a Pasadena public information officer.
The rally was not a city event, but Pasadena police did provide traffic control.
Some of the speakers included Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints, Pastor Jean Burch of Community Bible Church, Pastor Kerwin Manning of Pasadena Church, and community leaders William Syms and Porfirio Frausto.
They encouraged Pasadena residents to take a more active role in promoting peace.
Senior officers from the Pasadena Police Department and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station also spoke.
McClinton, 49, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department technician, died outside his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street.
A second man, who may have been the target of the drive-by shooting, was wounded by gunfire, according to police.
McClinton founded the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League nearly two decades ago and served as its volunteer director.
Meantime, two alleged gang members have been charged in connection with the crash that claimed the lives of Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, of Daly City.
Officers began pursuing the suspect’s SUV after it ran a stop sign.
The vehicle also matched the description of a car possibly linked to the earlier shooting. Investigators are still trying to determine if the incidents are connected.