Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Rap video decries L.A. gang violence that took life of young athlete

The stars of a new Ice Cube video are the grieving relatives of 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw Jr., a Los Angeles high school football star who was shot to death outside his home.

'It just was a tragic, tragic story of why,' Cube says. 'Young people are dying for no reason all over the world that don't know why. It's ugly, everywhere.'

Shaw had been on track for a college sports scholarship when he was gunned down in March a few yards from his house in a working-class neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles.

Prosecutors say Pedro Espinoza, an illegal alien and gang member released from jail one day earlier, drove to Shaw's neighborhood and shot him after asking him about his gang affiliation. Police have said Shaw was never in a gang.

The Shaw family has called for the passage of 'Jamiel's Law,' which would push Los Angeles police to crack down on illegal immigrant gang members.

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