Police are seeking the assistance of the public in providing information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in the fatal shooting of Crenshaw High basketball star, Quincy Reese Jr.
At around 11:30pm on Saturday, June 10, Los Angeles police patrol officers from the 77th Street Division responded to a shooting radio call at Western Avenue and 74th Street. The officers arrived to find the 16-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to render aid; however, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police had not—as of press—identified a motive for the shooting or a description of the suspect or suspects and are calling on the public for help.
Reese had been attending a party at the 77 Lounge with teammates according to friends prior to the shooting. His talents on the basketball court had earned him the nickname of “Batman” and the attention of colleges across the nation.
The eleventh grader was also an honor roll student who was popular among classmates. A growing memorial was set up just outside of the entrance to Crenshaw High.
“We are heartbroken over the loss of Quincy Reese Jr., who was denied his senior year, playing on Crenshaw High School’s basketball team and a promising future in college and in life,” said L.A. Unified Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “Our thoughts are with his family and the entire Crenshaw community.
“At all levels, we must continue to demand tougher common-sense gun laws.”
A community memorial has been set for June 16 at Leimert Park.
The family has set up a gofundme account with the goal of raising $50,000 to assist with burial expenses of which $20,771 had already been raised.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide Division detectives at (323) 786-5100. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.