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Palos Verdes Teen Charged With Murder for Gang-Related Shooting

The 18-year-old son of a wealthy Palos Verdes family was arrested and charged with murder in connection with an October 1st gang-related shooting in Los Angeles. Cameron Terrell, a senior at Palos Verdes High School, is believed to have driven the getaway car following the fatal shooting of Justin Alongino Holmes.

Holmes and two other men were walking west on 78th Street near Western Avenue in South Los Angeles on October 1st when the group was confronted by two armed individuals who asked where the trio was from. One shooter fired multiple shots, hitting Holmes, while the other two men ran. The shooter and his companion got into a black car which drove down an alley. Holmes was hospitalized and subsequently died.

Holmes and the other two men he was with are not believed to be linked to gang activity, according to police. Law enforcement are continuing to investigate how Terrell became involved with a predominantly black South Los Angeles gang. A rap video on YouTube titled "NH Anthem" shows Terrell as the only white face in the crowd.

Terrell's mother is an interior designer in the South Bay area and his father works as a media consultant in El Segundo. His family enjoyed an affluent lifestyle and own a house in Palos Verdes with an assessed value of $1.8 million.

The investigation into Holmes murder led to Terrell as the alleged driver of the getaway car. LAPD homicide detectives have also arrested two other juvenile suspects on suspicion of murder. Terrell posted $5 million bail on October 19th. The other two suspects are in custody in a juvenile facility. The District Attorney's office purportedly plans to prosecute the minor suspects as adults.

Days after Terrell's release, photographs on Facebook showed Terrell with his parents at Dodger Stadium for a World Series game. Upon his release, Terrell returned to school at Palos Verdes High School, to the dismay of many community parents. Local police increased their presence around the high school and Terrell's family home.

Despite efforts from concerned parents to persuade the school to remove Terrell from campus, the Palos Verdes Unified School District maintained its position that students have a right to a public education and there was no evidence that Terrell's presence posed a threat. But, as the pressure continued to mount, Terrell's family accepted an offer from the school district to educate their son through an off-site program.

Terrell has not since returned to school. He is scheduled for arraignment on November 29th in Los Angeles Superior Court.

 

 

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