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Venice youth mentor Oscar Duncan fatally shot near Abbot Kinney

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Photo by Antonio Castelan via NBC LA

Oscar Duncan was shot dead outside a home in Venice Monday night. A popular youth minister and mentor at the local Boys & Girls Club, Duncan is pictured here in his Venice High football uniform.

The search continues Tuesday for information regarding the killing of influential Venice resident Oscar Duncan.

Duncan -- known for his work as a youth minister, mentor, and musician -- was fatally shot in the head Monday night at around 10:30 p.m. as he walked on the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue, say police.

Detectives believe a white vehicle approached Duncan and then stopped. Officials say one of the occupants shot Duncan as he stood in the roadway. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and police have no suspect descriptions at this time.

The former Venice High School football player, known to some as "Choir Boy," was involved with programs at the Greater Zion Church in Compton and the Takeover Youth Ministry and was a longstanding presence at the Boys & Girls Club in Venice, according to detectives.

Executive Director of the Venice club Erikk Aldridge told NBC LA, "He is hands down the most influential employee here at our club... Everyone knows him. He grew up in this community... This is horrific. The magnitude of this young man -- it's extremely, extremely tragic."

Pacific Area officers responding Monday night to the "assault with a deadly weapon" call found Duncan lying on the road with what appeared to be a gunshot wound [police audio available via Venice 311]. LAFD paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 

Duncan's final tweet was sent minutes before he was shot.

A neighborhood makeshift memorial has been growing throughout the day.


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