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Danny Bakewell, Jr., a childhood friend of Victor McClinton
Jaques Bolton, a close friend of Victor McClinton
Candace Lacey and Lacey Children. The Lacey children grew up with Victor McClinton as a youth advisor and coach.
Pamela Simmons, Brotherhood Crusade Sports board member.
Photos by Troy Tieuel
Victor J. McClinton
Candace Lacey (Middle) and Lacey Children
A CITY MOURNS
By Tory Tieuel
LAWT Contributing Writer
The Pasadena City Hall steps hosted a memorial for the slain coach and leader Victor McClinton. Victor, killed by a stray bullet from a nearby gang shooting on Christmas day, was a coach at the Brotherhood Crusade’s Community Sports League. “To say that I am immensely affected is an understatement,” said Pamela Simmons, Brotherhood Community Sports Board Member, “I’m devastated as a board member and a friend.”
“When I first heard, I went numb,” said Danny Bakewell Jr., son of the Chairman of the Board for the Brotherhood Crusade, about his friend Victor McClinton, “not my brother Victor.”
Candace Lacey sung the tribute song and described Victor as a “valuable part to my family. An uncle to my kids and a father figure who was active in our lives for more than fifteen years and was more than just a coach…[He was] just someone who was a good friend. This left a hole in our hearts.”
When asked about the events surrounding the tragic death of Victor, Jacque Bolton who first hired Victor thirty years ago at the YMCA, stated, “He [Victor] was sitting down on his porch, with a guy who had just brought him a gift. Two cars came down the street shooting at each other, and a stray bullet hit him in the head…two bullets actually. I lost a friend of thirty years, which is terrible. This crazy youth violence junk is ridiculous. It’s time for it to stop, but the kids aren’t saying anything and the neighborhood is not saying anything.”