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A new political ad released by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump focuses on the high-profile murder of Jamiel Shaw Jr., a Los Angeles High School football star who was killed at the age of 17 by an undocumented immigrant.
The ad features Jamiel Shaw Sr., the slain teenager’s father who publicly expressed support for Trump when the billionaire businessman visited the L.A. area last July because of his plans to end illegal immigration.
“Trump is the only one saying, ‘You’re going to be dealt with. We’re going to enforce that. We’re going to enforce that — that’s a beautiful thing,” Shaw Sr. says in the 30-second spot.
The younger Shaw was gunned down in 2008 in Arlington Heights by gang member Pedro Espinoza, who mistook the teen for a rival gang member because of the victim’s red Spider-Man backpack.
Espinoza jumped out of a vehicle and shot Shaw in the stomach before firing an execution-style shot to his head. In 2012, Espinoza – who was in the country illegally – received a death sentence for Shaw’s murder.
The ad featuring Shaw, released on Friday, is running in South Carolina, where polls show Trump has a strong, double-digit lead over the dwindling Republican field.
On Tuesday, he won the New Hampshire primary.