From the never-ending cycle of carnage at the L.A. Times blog The Homicide Report comes a short, understated, and utterly heartbreaking post:
Alma Velasquez was at work when her son, Luis Albert Leon, 19, was fatally shot.
According to family, Leon was sitting on the curb outside a friend’s house about 11 a.m. Friday, May 9. Authorities said a vehicle pulled up next to him. A Latino man got out of the vehicle and shot him.
He had a two-year-old daughter. He is pictured with her here:
And he was apparently bringing her a teddy bear when he was shot. Here it is:
Go read the whole post.
There could be a whole front-page article about this, but there probably won’t be. All that you’re likely to see is this short post. But it’s better than nothing.
One question kept haunting me, though:
What are they going to do with the bear? Will Luis Leon’s daughter keep it?