Motive a Mystery in Fatal South L.A. Shooting of 14-Year-Old

A vigil was held Monday night to mourn a 14-year-old who was shot to death in South Los Angeles.


Elawnza Peebles is shown in an image posted on Facebook by his friend Jayy Preston.

Elawnza Peebles was shot in the 4600 block of Kansas Avenue (map) about 9:40 p.m. Nov. 9, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.

The teen, who had just moved to the neighborhood, ran to a nearby driveway then collapsed, police said.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he died, police said.

The motive for the shooting is not known.

A vigil was scheduled for 46th Street and Kansas Avenue at 5 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Criminal Gang/Homicide  Division Detective Eric Crosson or Detective Miguel Gutierrez at 213-485-1383.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247 (877-LAPD-24-7). Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 (800-222-TIPS).

Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads), beginning the message with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”