Garry “Twin” Dorton tried to keep young people in South Los Angeles from making the same mistakes he did when he was an active gang member.
He helped them get jobs and stay out of trouble. After a killing, he talked them out of retaliating. He led his neighborhood in a softball league that aimed to build peace among Crips gang members.
But mediating disputes between gangs can be dangerous work.
On July 1, Dorton was fatally shot outside a friend’s house on the 4500 block of South Van Ness Avenue. The peacemaker had become a target.
Los Angeles police on Wednesday announced the arrest of three men in their teens and early 20s — the very group that Dorton, 48, devoted his life to saving — in connection with his death.
The suspects, who were arrested between July 13 and Aug. 13, are Brandon Dixon, 22; Dejone Wright, 20; and ...