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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Promising Angeleno Teen's Life, Cut Short



The tragic, senseless killing of high school football star Jamiel Shaw is all the more heartbreaking when you read the full story.

The fact that he was shot just three doors from his home -- so close to safety. The fact that the gangbangers who shot him asked him if he was in a gang -- he wasn't -- and shot him anyway. The fact that Jamiel's father heard the shots, ran outside and saw his son's body. The fact that Jamiel was talking to his girlfriend on a cell phone at the time, and she heard everything. The fact that Jamiel's mom was overseas, serving in Iraq, and it was her son, at home, who wound up being killed. The fact that Stanford and Rutgers had been asking about the Los Angeles High School running back. And the fact that he had come so close to escaping the violence of L.A.'s streets:
Jamiel Sr. said he had "an 18-year plan" for their son, whose ultimate goal was to become a sports agent: "I would tell him, 'I'm going to get you to 18, and if you do what you're supposed to do, you'll get to college,' " the father recalled. "He was almost there."

Police have no leads on who shot Jamiel; neighbors in Arlington Heights are stunned.

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