Family Posts $50K Reward for 22-Year-Old L.A. Church Musician Shooting

Kendrick Blackmon shooting, reward offered for information

Family Posts $50K Reward for 22-Year-Old L.A. Church Musician Shooting

Back in April, Kendrick Blackmon, a 22-year-old church musician, had been shot to death driving home in South Los Angeles.

Many months have passed since that April morning and there is still no answer as to why an affable young man who steered clear of trouble was gunned down. Authorities say they have exhausted every lead.
Now, Kendrick’s family and friends are hoping that a $50,000 reward offered by the city of Los Angeles will turn the tide by encouraging witnesses to come forward.
“Before I leave this Earth I hope I find out who did this,” Kendrick’s grandmother, Alberta Blackmon, said Thursday, wiping tears from her cheeks.
Standing inside the 77th Street Community Police Station, the 68-year-old woman who raised Kendrick called the shooters “cowards” and pleaded for the public’s help.
“If anyone out there knows anything, please let the police know,” she urged.
Detectives say Kendrick had a clean past which made it difficult to determine a motive. He was not affiliated with any gangs and appeared to be well liked in the community.
Here’s what happened on the early April morning of the shooting of Kendrick Blackmon:
On April 21 about 1:30 a.m., Kendrick was driving his white Chevrolet Monaco south on San Pedro Street. He and two friends were on their way home from a party. As they neared Century Boulevard, a black sport utility vehicle, carrying what appeared to be five men in their 20s, pulled up next to them and opened fire, Hernandez said.
Kendrick, the only person hit, was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He sustained a gunshot wound to the upper right cheek, according to coroner’s records.
He was just six blocks from the home he shared with his grandmother.
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