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VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) — Hundreds of people marched for peace in honor of a Venice pastor shot to death by suspected gang members.
This year’s 3rd annual Walk for a Cause March in Compton was dedicated to Oscar Duncan.
“Oscar worked relentlessly with our youth to prevent violence, the same kind of violence that took his life,” Compton Unified School District board member Zurita Satra said.
“From this day on, we’re going to fight the violence in our communities, even if it means turning in our own children.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Dwayne Green, aka Baby Skull, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with a gun and street gang allegations in the June 4 death of Oscar Duncan.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of 50 years to life in prison.
Police say Green was among a group of men who allegedly drove up to Duncan and his girlfriend, who were standing on a Venice street, and jeered at the girlfriend.
Authorities say the assailants shouted a gang name as one of them fired a single shot, striking Duncan in the head.
Green is also charged with a separate count of second degree robbery stemming from a May 21 incident, and with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Duncan, who was not a gang member, was involved in gang intervention in addition to being a youth minister.
Those who knew Duncan say he was always trying to help other people.
He was a dedicated youth pastor at Greater Zion Church in Compton, and he also worked with the Venice Boys and Girls Club.
Even while at Venice High School, Duncan was a standout.
He was the captain of the football team and won homecoming king.
A second suspect, 22-year-old Hopeton Bereford Parsley, is also facing charges in Duncan’s murder.
He was on probation at the time of the shooting for domestic violence incident.
Duncan’s family says this type of senseless violence is exactly what he tried to keep kids away from.
“Stand upright, don’t fall, don’t be a fool… and that was him,” Duncan’s cousin, Antwone Willaims, said.
He continued: “Always smile. Be loving. Care about somebody. Don’t destroy anything.”
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 213-382-9470.