Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 11:55 a.m.
Ethel Gladden was catching up with her sister on her drive home from work on a recent evening when she saw a person lying motionless in the street.
“Oh my God -- somebody got hit,” she said to her sister, then hung up the phone. She stopped her car near West Adams Boulevard and Dalton Avenue, jumped out and rushed toward the man, who was wearing a white shirt, black basketball shorts and white Adidas sneakers.
“Who hit him?” she asked a bystander.
He hadn't been hit by a car, the person responded. He was shot.
Her mind flashed to her nephews, then she leaned over the man and prayed until authorities arrived.
The body was that of 20-year-old James Jay Smith, who, moments earlier, was standing with his back to the street talking to friends. A car pulled up and a person got out and said, “What’s up ...
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