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Candlelight Vigil Thursday for Victim of Christmas Shooting

Victor J. McClinton, an innocent bystander who gave back significantly to the community, was shot and killed in Pasadena on Christmas morning when someone opened fire at a passing car. A vigil will be held outside Pasadena City Hall Thursday night.

Christmas morning brought tragedy to Pasadena as 49-year-old Victor J. McClinton was gunned down while innocently caught in a shooting that involved at least one gang associate.

McClinton was a father, husband and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department employee who “gave back to the community unselfishly and worked unceasingly to positively impact the lives of thousands of youth,” according to a LASD statement. “He truly embodied what community should be and though this loss will be felt my many, his love and kindness will live on in each one of us.”

On behalf of the McClinton family, the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League will hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the slain McClinton on Thursday night at 6 p.m. on the steps of Pasadena City Hall.

McClinton acted as youth sports director of the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League, a non-profit whose mission is to “provide the children of the community with a quality youth sports program” that allows each child to participate regardless of his or her athletic ability and build self-esteem and confidence through team work and sportsmanship, according to their website.

Did you know Victor McClinton? Share your thoughts and memories of him in the comments section below.

nonoise December 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Sorry to the family and friends for their loss. This should not happen to innocent victims.
Luke Strockis December 28, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Victor was a true hero in our community. His youth sports league was a place for my two boys to learn the love of sports, appreciate and embrace diversity, and where kids played regardless of size or skills. His leadership and passion was remarkable. The loss to his family, and to thousands of kids who he generously offered a unique and positive experience through youth sports, is beyond measure. I'll never understand why he was taken from us in such a violent way, when his purpose in life-- in part-- was to save kids from these types of senseless acts. My prayers to his beautiful family, and to the continued mission of the Brotherhood Crusade Youth League, which he founded, and whose kids he loved so much.
Maria valenzuela December 28, 2012 at 07:05 AM
So sorry for your loss Our prayers are with His family. Johnny Maria valenzuela from pasadena.
ea December 28, 2012 at 07:28 AM
We are so shocked and saddened to hear about his death. This was no way for him to go. He embraced everyone and encouraged us to get involved and was such a mentor to parents and kids. His endless dedication was such an inspiration. My husband coached for him for a while and our kids played basketball in his program. We watched it grow! He will be missed and someone like him is irreplaceable. A complete and senseless tragedy.

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