Friends to honor Pasadena youth mentor with vigil

Courtesy of The Brotherhood Community Youth Sports Leauge

Close friends of Victor McClinton, 49, mourn the loss of a youth mentor. On Christmas morning, police say a shooter they believe was trying to target someone else killed McClinton outside his home.

Close friends of a Pasadena man killed in a Christmas Day shooting will honor his commitment to his neighborhood and young people at a candlelight vigil planned for this evening.

The Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League has organized a remembrance vigil for Victor McClinton at 6 p.m. on the steps of the Pasadena City Hall on behalf of the family and the organization.

A gunman fatally shot McClinton, 49, around 11 a.m. on Tuesday outside his Pasadena home as he received Christmas Day visitors.

McClinton - who had worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 18 years as a technician - also volunteered with The Brotherhood Community Youth Sport League as a football coach and youth sports director.

News of his passing generated reactions of sympathy and loss from parents, like this message posted on The Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League’s Facebook page:

“Pasadena lost a leader, a wonderful and caring man that made the world a better place for his having been here,” wrote one commenter. “My kids loved him and knew he loved the kids of our community right back. How sad. He will be missed.My kids loved him and knew he loved the kids of our community right back. How sad. He will be missed.”

Pasadena police arrested a 24-year-old man, Damion Taylor, who sustained a gunshot wound at the scene. Police described him as a “gang associate,” but they said there isn’t a connection between McClinton and Taylor except that they were both in the same area at the time of the shooting.

About eight hours later, police say they tried to stop an SUV for a traffic violation as it headed away from an area near the shooting. A federal agent and Pasadena police officer who were doing anti-gang work in the area pursued the speeding SUV before the vehicle smashed into a van, killing a 26-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy in the other vehicle.

Victor McClinton had two adult sons, Kristian and Kameron, and lived with his wife Shelly in Pasadena. The Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League asked for people to respect the family's privacy but invited the public to honor his memory at Thursday evening's vigil.  

“From his easy smile to his selfless investment in others, Victor stood tall in the community,” the youth league wrote on its website. “He truly embodied what community should be and though this loss will be felt my many, his love and kindness will live on in each one of us."

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