Posted July 29, 2015, 9:02 p.m.
When Kevin Norwood was shot to death at the Compton Flea Market in 1989, he was just 18. “I lost my mind,” says his mother, Rita Norwood Belfry, pounding on doors around her Compton neighborhood, trying to flush out her son’s killer.
Then Belfry’s 18-year-old nephew Deon, whom she raised as a son, was killed in a drive-by shooting the following year. “We had to replace my son’s headstone with a double headstone for him and my nephew.”
Belfry, a community activist best known as Ms. Ritta, has known many other shooting victims in the 40 years she’s lived in Compton, but the final straw came July 12, when Darrell “Shadow” Hines, another nephew she raised from age 8, was shot and killed at Caress Avenue and Marcelle Street, just a few blocks from her home.
Hines, 38, had just left a vigil for Travione ...
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